Most of Council’s rural water supply schemes are not safe for human consumption.

Council owns and manages 11 rural water supply schemes at Duncraigen, Five Rivers, Homestead, Eastern Bush-Otahu Flat, Kakapo, Lumsden-Balfour, Matuku, Mount York, Princhester, Ramparts and Takitimu.

Two of Council’s rural water supply schemes – Eastern Bush-Otahu Flat and Lumsden-Balfour – are treated and can be used as drinking water for people. The rest of the rural schemes are used for stock water supply only.

You can purchase units from Council, which gives you a daily allocation of water you can take from the scheme. This is controlled by a restrictor device at your tank.

Please report faults and problems to Council. You need to have two days storage of water on your property in case the scheme needs to be shut down for repairs.

If your water supply runs out, check if there is any water running into your tank and if the tank is empty before contacting Council.