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Overseeing water reticulation, sewer lines and stormwater management in the Mackenzie District.


Clean water and the safe disposal of waste promotes better hygiene and helps eliminate our exposure to biological contamination.

The responsible disposal of sewage, stormwater and refuse helps to preserve the quality of our immediate environment.

Water Supply

In the Mackenzie District, there are four urban piped public water supplies which the Council manages, at Fairlie, Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Burkes Pass. Council further manages the Allandale rural water supply.

Pipe renewal

Management of the Albury Water Supply is undertaken by the Albury Water Supply Committee under a formal agreement with the Mackenzie District Council. Management of the Kimbell Rural Supply is carried out by the consumers.

  • On-demand schemes – This is continuous supply of potable water and sufficient water supply for fire fighting purposes.

Water is a precious commodity which can be in short supply during our summers. Water conservation should be practised at all times to ensure water is used wisely.

Most people think water conservation is in the garden but there are also many methods to conserve water in the house. A few methods are listed below. If you know of others please advise us.

Water Conservation in the House

  • Have a shorter shower
  • Turn the tap off when you clean your teeth
  • Use the dishwasher and washing machine only when full
  • Reduce the flow from the toilet cistern by putting a brick or plastic bottle filled with water in the cistern
  • Don't wash your vegetables under running water
  • Stop that dripping tap
  • Shower instead of having a bath
  • Use a dual-flush toilet, you can use only half the water when needed
  • Check for leaks - A leaking toilet can waste more than 16,000 litres in a year. Even a slow drip from a tap can waste 200 or more litres in a day
  • Install Water Flow Restrictors - Many shower heads put out 20 litres per minute, when 10 litres per minute is more than adequate. Major hardware or plumbing shops stock devices which restrict the flow of water. Also, the less water you use in the shower, the more you save on heating costs

Water Conservation in the Garden

  • Use a trigger hose
  • Water the roots, not the leaves - watering the leaves of trees and shrubs just increases water loss through evaporation. In fact, on hot sunny days doing this may damage your plants
  • Use a good mulch - Mulches can prevent up to 73% evaporation loss. The best mulch is a well-rotted compost which will also improve the soil structure
  • Hoses are not play things - Children squirting water at each other wastes around 1,000 litres of water every hour
  • Wash your car using only a bucket of water
  • Don't water the paths, or even the lawn
  • In dry parts of the garden, grow plants that are tolerant to dry conditions
  • Water the garden early in the morning or in the evening
  • Give the garden a good water once or twice a week
  • A tap timer can be a wonderful investment and turn the tap off for you
  • Water retention products are now available for pots, tubs or dry areas of the garden.
  • Sweep the courtyard - don't hose it
  • Use water from the washing machine in your garden
  • Avoid planting in the middle of the day
  • Move containers to a shady spot
  • Use windbreaks and shade fabrics to minimise the need to water

Sewer Lines

In the Mackenzie District, there are presently four public sewerage schemes: Fairlie, Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Burkes Pass. There are 2,774 properties connected to these four schemes. The other properties in the district dispose of their wastewater by other means most via their own septic tank system.

Final disposal of effluent is by way of soakage trenches, basins to land or irrigation to land. These systems minimise environmental pollution and protect public health and safety by safeguarding hygiene and preventing the spread of communicable diseases.

Sewer line upgrades

  • Fairlie - Sewerage scheme consented and upgraded in 2003.
  • Tekapo and Burkes Pass - Sewerage schemes consented and upgraded in the 2004/2005 year.
  • Twizel - Sewerage scheme upgraded over 2018. Upgrades included a new screening plant, oxidation ponds and an additional disposal field.

External contractors undertake all the maintenance and projects in terms of contract specifications overseen by the Asset Supervisor. These include:

  • Collection and disposal of sewage that adequately meets the needs of the community.
  • Compliance with Environment Canterbury Resource Consent requirements at sewage plants.
  • The completion of improvement and maintenance projects according to Council & Community Board approvals.


Stormwater is rainwater running off hard surfaces - roofs, walls, driveways, roadside drains, gutters, sumps - eventually entering streams, rivers and waterways.

The council oversees the provision and maintenance of reliable reticulated stormwater systems, which protect public health, property, safety, the environment and recognises cultural values whilst realising current financial constraints both now and in the future.

External contractors undertake all maintenance and projects in terms of contract specifications overseen by the Asset Supervisor.

Resource consents for stormwater discharge at Tekapo and Twizel were approved in 2005.

  • On demand response to stormwater blockages, flooding and overflows.
  • Preventative maintenance and capital works programmes for stormwater extension and upgrading.

Fees and Charges

Costs related to water supply, sewer lines and stormwater in the Mackenzie District.

Application for Services: Water / Sewer / Stormwater

Apply for a new water, sewer or stormwater connection.

Application for Services: Allandale Rural Water Scheme

Apply for a new connection on the Allandale Rural Water Scheme

Application to Build Over Public Services within Private Property

Apply to build over public services on your property.