Buller District Council


21st April, 2017

Consumers on the Westport/Carters Beach water supply are requested to conserve the amount of water they use each day.

Due to the collapse of Tunnel Number 1, water is being pumped from the alternate water intake. However, during periods of moderate-heavy rainfall the water quality reduces the amount of the time the pumps can operate, which is causing a decrease in raw water reservoir levels.

To enable the raw water reservoir to recover, consumers are asked to conserve the amount of water used. This includes limiting garden irrigation, car washing and other extraordinary water usage.

Conservation measures will remain in place until further notice.

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 10L 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 10L 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 13L–20L 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



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