Current water restrictions
Ōkato: all outdoor water use is banned until further notice.
Rest of New Plymouth District: odds and evens water restrictions are in place until 31 March 2019.
With the exception of Ōkato, hand-held hoses may be used at odd-numbered houses on odd-numbered days and at even-numbered houses on even-numbered days. The use of sprinklers, irrigation systems, unattended hoses and water blasters is banned.
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Different types of water restrictions
We use five levels of water restrictions depending on the time of year and any incidents in the community:
|0||Standby: conserve water notices are issued|
|1||Total ban on the use of sprinklers, irrigation systems, unattended hoses and water blasters. Partial restriction on use of hand-held hoses (using the odds and evens street address system).|
|2||Total ban on use of sprinklers, irrigation systems, hand held-hoses and water blasters until the restriction is lifted.|
|3||All customers (residential and commercial) are restricted to essential water use only. This applies to critically low supplies.|
|4||Crisis: industry liaison.|
Note: levels one and two apply to domestic use, e.g. all residential customers, and all non-commercial use at commercial premises (for instance, a business may not use an irrigation system or sprinklers to water grass or flowers that are not for sale). Normal and typical commercial use of water is permitted. All customers are encouraged to reduce water consumption.
Level one water restrictions are in place from 1 January to 31 March every year unless circumstances require the summer restrictions to start earlier.