Buller District Council

Westport/Carters Beach Water Supply

Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project

Buller District Council would like to remind members of the public that the waterworks reserve is currently a construction site – no entry is permitted unless you have been formally inducted. Unauthorised access is not only a safety risk, but can cause additional cost and delay if critical activities have to be stopped as a result of the trespass. Council appreciates your cooperation to help the project achieve our “zero harm” safety target.   

The below newsletter provides an update on the Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project:
Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project Newsletter #1 March 2019 (3Mb)
Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project Newsletter #2 April 2019 (4Mb)
Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project Newsletter #3 May 2019 (2Mb)
Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project Newsletter #4 June 2019 (2Mb)
Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project Newsletter #5 July 2019 (3Mb)
Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project Newsletter #6 August 2019 (3Mb)
Westport Water Tunnel Pipeline Project Newsletter #7 September 2019 (4Mb)



Consumers on the Westport and Carters Beach Water Supply are advised that as the Westport reservoir has reached the 92% threshold, the ‘Essential Use’ water restriction that had been imposed on the supply is now LIFTED.

However, whilst work on the water tunnel pipeline continues, consumers are requested to continue to conserve the amount of water used. This includes limiting garden irrigation, car washing and other extraordinary water usage.

Further information on water conservation tips can be seen on Council’s website.

Council appreciates the co-operation of residents during this time.

Water restriction definitions

Essential Use

  • Water can be used for drinking, food preparation, hygiene and sanitary purposes only.
  • There is a complete ban on any outdoor water use.


  • Limited use of water for operational and maintenance priorities as required for business sustainability.
  • Limited residential outdoor use with hand-held buckets, watering cans, water blasters and low flow devices/attachments.
  • No high-use consumption/filling activites or general hard-surface hosing is permitted, including unattended sprinkler devices.


  • Considerate use of water for all activities, following Council’s water saving tips (below).
  • Conservation replaces ‘normal use’ for our current system.

Water saving tips


  • Rinse or peel vegetables in a bowl or sink filled with water instead of running the tap – you could save up to 10 litres every minute
  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your dishwasher. When possible, use the eco-setting
  • Rinse dishes in a sink filled with water, rather than under a running tap
  • Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap water until cold


  • Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth or shaving – you could save 10 litres of water a minute. Brush your teeth in the shower.
  • Reduce your shower time to three minutes or less
  • Keep baths to a minimum
  • Every time you flush the toilet you use 13–20 litres of water, so make sure you only flush when you need to. Or use a half-flush if your toilet is fitted with one.


  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your washing machine or use the partial load settings


  • Save water by only watering the garden when it needs it. Use only a hand held hose rather than a sprinkler
  • Water at cooler, less windy times of the day, in the morning or evening, to minimise evaporation and water wastage


  • Do not hose down paths and driveways; use a broom instead

Westport Carters Beach Water Supply Newsletter (1.17Mb)

Water Supply Information Brochure May 2017 (2.8MB)

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