Buller District Council

Westport and Carters Beach Water Supply – Essential Use Water Restrictions

17th May, 2019

Consumers on the Westport and Carters Beach Water Supply are advised that ‘Essential Use’ water restrictions have now been imposed on the supply to limit the amount of water used each day.

Due to loss of water quality at Council alternate weir, water has not been able to be pumped to the reservoir, leading to a decrease in raw water storage levels.

To enable the raw water reservoir to recover, consumers are asked to restrict water usage to ‘Essential Use’ only. This means that water can only be used for drinking, food preparation, hygiene and sanitary purposes only.

There is a complete ban on ALL outdoor water use.

Please note that connections at the extents of the reticulation may experience pressure and flow fluctuations.

These water restrictions will stay in place until further notice. For ideas and tips on conservation, please see below

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

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