Public Water Supply Bylaw

Submissions closed on 5 July 2019. Submissions will be considered and reported back to a future council meeting.

We are seeking your feedback on proposed changes to the Public Water Supply bylaw.  

Why are we changing the bylaw?

In 2018 we began a review of our Water Supply Bylaw with a focus on the way we implement water restrictions during times of drought or emergency. In July and August 2018 we consulted on some changes to the Bylaw and introduced the Water Restriction Protocol – a new framework for imposing water restrictions. The consultation feedback highlighted some issues that Council had not previously considered.

During the summer of 2019, most parts of Tasman District experienced a severe drought and many public water supplies faced water shortages. To manage demand and protect our water sources, we imposed a series of escalating water restrictions based on the draft Water Restriction Protocol. This gave us an opportunity to ‘road test’ the restrictions.

Taking into account the lessons learned from the recent drought and the feedback from the initial consultation, we are proposing some further changes to the Bylaw.



Public Water Supply Bylaw 2018 - Consultation Document (pdf, 2.8 MB)

Summary of Information

A summary of the proposed amendments are provided in the

Proposed Public Water Supply - Summary of Information (pdf, 135 KB) 

Statement of Proposal


Draft Public Water Supply Bylaw (pdf, 993 KB)


Water Restriction Protocol (for consultation) (pdf, 136 KB)

Both of these documents form part of the

Proposed Public Water Supply - Statement of Proposal (pdf, 163 KB)

(Note: Changes to the Draft Public Water Supply Bylaw document are colour-coded. Black text is the original bylaw. Green indicates changes from the original consulted on in 2018. Blue indicates the latest changes in 2019.)

Consultation is closed

Consultation is closed.

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact Helen Lane (

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