Councils go to Water Alert Level One

​20 November 2013
Residents in the Hamilton, Waikato and Waipa districts are being asked to limit the use of sprinkler systems following today’s introduction of Water Alert Level 1.

Water Alert Level 1 means residents can use their sprinklers between 6-8am and 6-8pm with hand-held hoses allowed at any time.

Hamilton City Council City Waters Manager Andrew Parsons said Alert Level 1 has been put in place at this early stage because recent water demand is a lot higher than what is usually expected for November even with the rainfall on Tuesday.

“In Hamilton at this time of year, the long term average daily water use is around 53 million litres. On Monday this week, we used 72.9 million litres – the fifth highest consumption day that we’ve experienced over the last 13 years during the month of November” said Mr Parsons.

“Water conservation is often only thought about in the summer months but it is really important that people start acting to reduce demand now.”

Waikato District Council Service Delivery General Manager Tim Harty is also urging residents to follow the Alert Level 1 requirements immediately.

“Everyone in our district has a part to play on conserving water now and in the future. Making small changes, such as limiting the use of your sprinkler in your garden or fixing a leaking tap, can have a positive impact on water levels.”

About the Water Alert level system:
 The Water Alert Levels and their corresponding requirements are a way to encourage water use in a sustainable manner and ensure consistent supply throughout summer.

The water alert level system consists of four alert levels and corresponding requirements:

Water Alert Level 1
Use sprinkler systems between
6am – 8am and 6pm – 8pm
Hand-held hosing can be used anytime.  

Water Alert Level 2
Use sprinkler systems on alternate days between
6am – 8am and 6pm – 8pm
Hand-held hosing can be used anytime.  

Water Alert Level 3
No use of sprinklers.
Hand-held hosing only.

Water Alert Level 4
No use of outside water systems.

More information on water consumption and alert levels go to



Andrew Parsons
City Waters Manager
Tel: 07 838 6896
Mob: 021 791 612

Erin Rangi-Watt 
Senior Communications Advisor, Waikato District Council
Tel: 07 824 8633 Extn: 5900
Mob: 027 551 1601

Lorraine Kendrick
Manager Water Services, Waipa District Council
Tel: 07 872 0094
Mob: 027 293 2441

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