Water treatment and supply

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Every day an average of 26,410 cubic metres of water is being extracted from source, then treated and supplied by one of our four water schemes to Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Pirongia, Ohaupo, Pukerimu, Karā​piro and selected rural areas.  

The Cambridge Water Supply Scheme sources water from the Waikato River, and two springs on Mt Maungatautari. The Te Awamutu Water Supply Scheme sources water from the Mangauika Stream on Mt Pirongia and from a bore on Frontier Road. The Pukerimu Water Supply Scheme sources water from the Waikato River. The Kihikihi Water Supply Scheme sources water from two bores, one at Hall Street and the other at Church Street. 

Waipa bulk supply

Water treatment

We currently operate seven water treatment plants across the district and supply water to over 14,000 properties through 575 kilometres of water mains and pipes. All our district's water is treated to ensure it complies with the New Zealand Drinking Water Standards so it is safe for you to drink.

Take a look here at the water treatment process:

​Water network 

Council’s water infrastructure map

Maps Online​ is a mapping system that allows you to view geographic information and data about Council's water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure around the district. ​Open Maps Online and then select the ‘Utilities’ module at the top left hand of the window. 

Connections to Council supply

If you require a connection to Council's water supply, an application form will need to be filled out and lodged with Council, along with the payment of appropriate charges.

There are two bulk filling points in Council's network, one at Matos Segedin Drive in Cambridge, and another at Bruce Berquist Drive in Te Awamutu. Water carriers or those wanting to draw water from Council's supply network need to apply for a permit to do so.

Any water that is abstracted without a permit is considered a breach of the Water Supply Bylaw and may be liable to enforcement action under the bylaw. 

Water leaks

If you find a leak or fault in the water supply network belonging to Council, please contact us as soon as possible by reporting it online or calling 0800 WAIPA DC (0800 924 723). This phoneline is staffed 24/7.

If you find or suspect a leak or fault on your own property, it’s your responsibility to fix it and we strongly suggest you contact a plumber.

The graphic below gives an idea of what is Council's responsibility and what is property owner's:

Responsibility for water leaks

It's handy to know where your water toby or gate valve is, in case you need to isolate the water supply to your house. Our Maps Online​ tool can help show you where they are located on your property. We recommend that you test your toby or gate valves annually and if you notice any issues, let Council know.

​Examples of a water toby or gate valve:

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​​Water conservation

For more information about water conservation, please visit www.smartwater.org.nz 

Water meters

For more information about water meters, please visit www.waipadc.govt.nz​/watermeters​ ​

Water supply bylaw

View the latest bylaw documents: Bylaws​​​

Page reviewed: 23 Aug 2017 12:03pm