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Water Restrictions - Level by LevelNgā rāhuitanga wai - ngā taumata

Our current water restriction level in Napier is:

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Voluntary action to conserve water, discretionary use such as the use of sprinklers. Washing cars permitted. Please water wisely and conserve where you can.

Water Restrictions - Level by Level 

Level One - No Restrictions

Voluntary action to conserve water, discretionary use such as the use of sprinklers. Washing cars permitted. Please water wisely and conserve where you can.

Level Two - Reduced Watering

Sprinkler and hose restrictions. These can be used between 6am-8am and 7pm-9pm only as follows:

  • Even numbered houses on even days of the month (e.g. If you are number 92 you may water on the 2nd, 4th, 6th … of the month).
  • Odd numbered houses on odd days of the month (e.g. If you are number 201 you may water on the 1st, 3rd, 5th … of the month).

Level Three - Restricted Watering

  • Sprinkler ban. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days between 6am-8am and 7pm-9pm only.

Level Four - Total Ban

  • Total ban on all outdoor water use. No sprinklers or hand-held hosing.

Level Five - Only for consumption and sanitary purposes

  • Water usage restricted only for consumption and sanitary purposes.
  • Total ban on outdoor usage, commercial activities such as water blasting, car washing, taking water from hydrants etc.

Things to remember

  • Sprinkler means any kind of mobile or fixed sprinkler system used for irrigation
  • Garden watering includes all outdoor gardens and lawns
  • Watering gardens during the heat of the day wastes water because so much of the water just evaporates
  • Normally, you may use your hose for purposes other than garden watering (such as washing a car) unless there is a total watering ban and such use has been prohibited
  • Please, always use water wisely, whatever you are using it for.

Napier City Council Parks and Reserves - Watering

Council needs to maintain grounds that are soft enough to host sports matches (for instance, at Park Island and McLean Park) and keep the lawns and plants in our Council gardens hydrated enough to survive the conditions. But we operate a heavily restricted schedule, just as we are asking our community to do. Most of our grounds receive about a half to a third of the water they usually would, and we try and get the water down during cool periods – mornings, evenings, and overnight.

Sometimes, though, that’s not enough. Below you will find a list of our parks and reserves that still need to receive some (but heavily reduced) daytime watering to ensure they're operational:

  • McLean Park – watering when ground temperature reaches 25 degrees or over. Auto irrigation overnight.
  • Embankment at McLean Park – no watering
  • Park Island – reduced from intensive daily watering to 2-3 days per week
  • Marewa – reduced from daily watering to one morning per week
  • Taradale Park – reduced from daily watering to 4 days per week
  • Petane – reduced from daily watering to 4 days a week, 6am-2pm
  • Tareha Reserve – reduced watering in preparation for booked games
  • Nelson Park – reduced from all-day watering to mornings only. Please note this schedule may change to prepare upcoming events.
  • Amenity Gardens – reduced from intensive daily watering to mornings only.

Fountains and water features are mostly on recirculated water supply systems, and are topped up as required. They run on reduced hours from 10am to 10pm or are switched off completely when the city is on water restrictions.

Council is in the process of installing water meters at our sports fields so we can gain some improved insight into what we use each day.


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