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Community water sites

We installed permanent community water sites in rural Auckland in 2021 to help rural communities get through drought conditions.

​Why we installed community water sites 

Climate change can mean more severe weather conditions, both wetter winters and drier summers.

After three years of La Nina’s wetter climate cycle, we are now going into an El Nino weather pattern which is predicted to be much drier.

When drought conditions hit, rural communities face dry rainwater tanks and unreasonable water delivery wait times.

Our community water bollards give rural communities access to clean drinking water throughout the drier months.

How the community water sites work

During normal conditions Aucklanders can use the water bollards as normal drinking fountains.

When there is no predicted rainfall and a long wait for water deliveries, we will attach hoses to the sides of these fountains to make water collection sites for the community.

You can then collect 20 litres per person per day for each household.

We will advertise when you are able to fill up.

Locating a collection site

Operational sites

The following water collection sites will be operational in drought conditions. This page will be updated as more sites are created or opened.

North

Location Address
​Ahuroa Hall
​1345 Ahuroa Road, Ahuroa
Helensville Community Centre ​49 Commercial Road, Helensville
​Leigh Hall ​4 Cumberland Street, Leigh
​Martins Bay Reserve ​287 Martins Bay Road, Martins Bay
​Ranfurly/Kaipara Flats Hall ​903 Kaipara Flats Road
​Sanders Reserve ​R 142-178 Sanders Road, Paremoremo
​Shelly Beach ​1 Shelly Beach Road, Shelly Beach, South Head
​Sinclair Park​34 Macky Road, Kaukapakapa
​Stillwater Community Hall​1a Duck Creek Road, Stillwater
​Warkworth Town Hall ​2 Alnwick Street, Warkworth
​Wellsford Community Centre 224 Rodney Street, Wellsford
​Whangateau Reserve​559 Leigh Road, Whangateau

South

Location Address
​Āwhitu Regional Park​216 Brook Road, Āwhitu Regional Park
​Clevedon Community Hall​4 North Road, Clevedon
Hunua Hall ​2316 Hunua Road, Hunua
​Karaka Reserve ​297 Linwood Road, Papakura
​Omana Regional Park​Omana Beach Road, Maraetai
​Orere Point Library and Health Clinic​50 Howard Road, Orere Point
​Paparimu Hall​345 Paparimu Road, Papakura
​Waiuku Service Centre ​10 King Street, Waiuku
​Waitawa Regional Park​1168 Clevedon Kawakawa Road, Kawakawa Bay

West

Location Address
Oratia Settlers Hall 565 West Coast Road, Oratia
​Piha Campground​21 Seaview Road, Piha
​Riverhead Memorial Park​2 Edward Street, Riverhead
​Waitākere Hall ​37 Township Road, Waitākere

Waiheke Island

LocationAddress
Matiatia car park10 Ocean View Road, Waiheke Island
Onetangi Sports Park​133-165 Onetangi Road Waiheke Island

Use our map to find your nearest community water site.

​How to locate a water bollard

Signs at the sites will show you where to go.

Each bollard is coloured blue and stands about a metre high, with a tap on top (pictured). When the sites are active for water collection, two short hoses will be attached.

An image of a blue water fountain bollard in Awhitu, Auckland.  

Water quality and health information

All our operating water fountains and community water sites will have clean drinking water available. The water will always be treated to current drinking water standards.

Keeping your water clean

To ensure the water you collect stays safe to drink, make sure your containers are clean.

See Ministry of Health advice for more information on:

  • how to clean your containers
  • how to keep the water safe for drinking
  • keeping your water tank clean.

Shower facilities

During a drought, many of our pools and leisure centres, parks and holiday parks will be open for residents to access shower facilities.

These facilities will be advertised alongside the opening of the community water sites.

Contact us

For urgent maintenance issues at the sites call 09 301 0101.

Email HWCustomerandcommunity@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for information about our community water sites.

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