Low water levels

Our monitoring shows that the water levels in our underground aquifers are currently very low, which means that the already low river levels could drop quickly, if the dry weather continues as forecasted.

The situation is concerning, and we are continuing to monitor it closely. Check this page for updates.

What you can do

Farmers and households who rely on aquifers for their water supplies should ensure their bores are well maintained and make contingency plans in case their supply fails.

The most common reason for a bore running dry is that well screens become clogged from lack of maintenance. Over time, silt and fine material accumulates and impedes the flow of water into the bore or well.

Bore yield and reliability of supply can generally be restored by having the bore or well flushed by an experienced contractor.

Landowners should also check hoses and fittings to ensure there are no leaks and that pump intakes and foot valves are adequately positioned below the water table.

Land users who irrigate are advised to check their consents and identify any triggers that will require them to make changes to their usage, so that they are informed and prepared if water levels get any lower.

Page reviewed: 22 Dec 2017 1:32pm