Far North coastal aquifers - water shortage directions

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Far North coastal water restriction area map

Far North coastal aquifer map.

This Water Shortage Direction (WSD) does not include:

  • Those on reticulated town supply.

The WSD applies to

  • All taking of water from surface water and ground water sources in Far North coastal catchments (Russell, Oruru and East/West Whangaroa) as shown by the highlighted area of the map titled "Far North Coastal Water Restriction Area" (above).
  • Townships including but not limited to:
    - Russell/Tapeka
    - Taipā
    - Coopers Beach/Cable Bay/Mangonui
    - Taupo Bay
    - Tauranga Bay
    - Matauri Bay
    - Te Ngaere Bay

Water can be taken during the term of the notice for:

  • Reasonable household domestic needs
  • Reasonable drinking and welfare needs of stock.

Water cannot be taken for:

  • Pasture and lawn irrigation
  • Garden watering by hose, irrigation systems or other means unless the water is reused/recycled domestic water (e.g. from kitchen sinks and washing machines)
  • Washing of cars and other vehicles and machinery, including boats
  • Water blasting
  • Filling of swimming pools/spa pools.

The Water Shortage Direction may not apply to:

  • Those taking water for milking shed and horticultural use. NRC is endeavouring to speak with all of these people - if you are taking water for these purposes and you haven’t been contacted by NRC, please phone 0800 002 004 and ask to speak with a staff member from the council’s monitoring team.
  • Land based dams - those that aren’t fed by streams or require continuation flows to be maintained downstream.
  • Water used for biosecurity purposes, e.g. to prevent the spread of Kauri dieback.