Water Supply Bylaw consultation

Submissions closing on 06 October 2023, 05:00 PM

Image of Whau Valley dam.

We are updating our Water Supply Bylaw and want to hear your views on the content of our proposed new bylaw.

The purpose of the Water Supply Bylaw is to protect public health and safety by managing the public water supply and protecting it from damage and misuse.

The bylaw was last reviewed in 2012 and needs to be renewed to meet statutory time frames.

The draft bylaw proposes some minor amendments. It:

  • clarifies our power to restrict public access in restricted water catchment areas in the interests of public health and safety;
  • extends the maximum processing time for new supply applications from 10 to 20 working days; and
  • updates some technical terminology to reflect modern usage.

The Statement of Proposal sets out what we are proposing. We recommend you read it in full to understand the context of the proposed bylaw.

Water Supply Bylaw - Statement of Proposal(PDF, 3MB)

Draft Water Supply Bylaw 2023(PDF, 2MB)

Please note that fluoridation of the water supply is mandated by Central Government and is out of scope of this bylaw. More information on water fluoridation can be found here:

Flouridation of water supply


Please send us your submission by 5:00pm on Friday 6 October 2023.


Complete the online form.

Water Supply Bylaw online submission form

By email

Step 1: Download the form, print and complete it by hand.

Water Supply Bylaw consultation submission form(PDF, 195KB)

Step 2: Email us

Attach the form to an email and send to:


By post

Step 1: Download the form, print it and complete it by hand.

Water Supply Bylaw consultation submission form(PDF, 195KB)

Step 2: Post the completed form to:

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Te Mai
Whangārei 0143


In person

Step 1: Download the form, print and complete it by hand.

Water Supply Bylaw consultation - submission form(PDF, 195KB)

Step 2: Bring the completed form into one of our Customer Service centres:

Te Iwitahi
9 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

Chat with a Councillor

We are holding Chat with a Councillor sessions to give you the opportunity to share your views directly with a Councillor. These discussions will be supported by a Council staff member, who will record your feedback.

We are holding these sessions as an alternative to a formal hearing.

These sessions will be offered between Monday 2 October 2023 to Friday 6 October 2023.

You can register for a Chat with a Councillor via following ways:

Email us: BylawsConsult@wdc.govt.nz

Calling us: 09 430 4200

We will be in touch with you as soon as possible after receiving your registration to schedule your session. You will be offered the choice to have your say in-person, over the phone or via an audio-visual link.

Making a submission

Please ensure that you provide appropriate contact details so that we can respond to you following the conclusion of the process.

All submissions are considered public under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act and may be published and made available to elected members and the public.

The collection and use of personal information by Whangarei District Council is regulated by the Privacy Act 2020.

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Your submission will not be returned to you once it is lodged with Council. Please keep a copy for your reference.