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Water supply

Information and advice on drinking water in the Gisborne district.

Flush water before drinking

Residents are reminded of the Ministry of Health recommendation to flush a mugful of water from drinking-water taps (including those with filters) each morning before use to remove any metals that may have dissolved from plumbing fittings. This is recommended for all households, including those on public and private water supplies.

City water supply

Gisborne city draws its water from 2 surface water sources.  The Waingake Water Treatment Plant draws water from the Mangapoike dams and the Te Arai bush catchment. For more information on: 

Council's water supply   |  Water restrictions   |   Water saving tips   |  Water mains flushing   |  Water fluoridation  |   Hard or soft water  |  Drinking water standards 

Private water tanks

Rural residents have private water tanks. More information on: 

Private water tank supply  |  Cleaning a water tank  |  Safe drinking water

Water education resources

We have resources for teachers and students - Water education resources