Buller District Council

Water Conservation Notice – Reefton Water Supply

28th November, 2017

The Reefton Water Supply reservoir has gradually depleted during the recent dry weather. Without this buffer storage, the pumps are now operating continuously to ensure safe drinking water is maintained for all consumers.

Staff are investigating options to boost reservoir levels as quickly as possible. Restoring this buffer will provide contingency in case of unplanned outages as well as reducing pumping and operational costs.

In the meantime, Council would appreciate considerate use of water until further notice. This includes following our water saving tips (below).

Thank you for your cooperation.

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

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