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Water is the most important resource we have. But where does each township/area get its water from? What do I do if I have a water supply problem? What are standpipes?

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Part 07: Water Supply Bylaw 2021

Sustainable Water Management Plan

How Does Waipukurau Get Its Water?

Waipukurau water is drawn from three shallow bores within the Tuki Tuki River gravels. The water is disinfected by the addition of chlorine gas to the water at the reservoir.

How Do Waipawa & Otane Get Their Water?

The water sources are shallow ground water bores adjacent to the Waipawa River. The water is disinfected with chlorine gas which takes place at the pump stations. Water is supplied to Otane via a dedicated pipe line from the Waipawa reservoirs.

How Does Takapau Get Its Water?

Water is pumped from a single bore located at the bottom (North-Eastern) end of Meta Street, into tanks beside the pump station. The water has a relatively high Manganese content which requires treating to remove. The water is disinfected by the addition of chlorine gas to the water at the pump station.

How does Porangahau Get Its Water?

There is only one source of water, a shallow bore beside the Porangahau Country Club golf course. Water is pumped from the bore to storage tanks on Old Hill Road above the township. The water has a high iron content which requires treatment to remove. The water is disinfected by the addition of chlorine gas to the water at the pump station.

How Does Kairakau Get Its Water?

There are two bores from which water is pumped to the treatment plant storage tanks, then to storage tanks located on the face of the hill at the northern end of the beach. The water is chlorinated.

How Does Pourerere Get Its Water?

The water source is a spring on Ouepoto Station which is tapped and the water gravity fed to storage tanks at the camping ground. At the camp, the water is chlorinated and stored ready for use. This supply is also used for the public toilets that are located at the casual camping area sited one kilomentre north of the Pourerere Beach baches but this water is considered non-potable i.e. not fit for drinking.


Central Hawke's Bay District Council does NOT allow water to be taken from water hydrants except for fire fighting purposes or by special arrangement. For more information on standpipes in CHB contact Council

Taking water from CHBDC supply other than at points authorised by permit is considered to be a breach of the Central Hawke's Bay District Council's Water Supply Bylaw. Failure to comply with the Bylaw commits an offence and is liable to a fine of up to $20,000.00.

CHBDC has two standpipes available for customers who wish to extract water for use on development sites, road and contract works, landscaping and whenever access to water is limited. These standpipes are located on Racecourse Road, Waipukurau and Waverley St, Waipawa.

The cages to these standpipes are locked and access is on application by permit only. The terms and conditions of using these standpipes are included in CHBDC's permit application. If you require access to the standpipes, please complete the Tankered Water application form.


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