The reservoir that supplies the Waihola township is empty following a pipe that burst yesterday.
Customers on the northern part of the North Bruce Rural Water Scheme will also be low on water, because they are served by the same burst pipe.
Contractors have been working to urgently fix the pipe but it is not easy to access as it is under flood waters, they will continue looking for the leak once the water levels in the wetlands start to recede.
In the meantime a temporary pipe has been laid to restore a restricted water flow to the affected area, but it is vital that people continue to conserve water during the weekend.
This is a temporary measure until conditions improve enough to allow contractors to locate the leak.
The Waihola reservoir is relatively small with a capacity of 190 cubic metres, this is because there is a requirement for most properties to have their own tanks with 2-days’ worth of water supply.
It supplies about 200 properties in Waihola.
Those on the Glenkenich Rural Water Scheme are also asked to conserve water as due to poor river conditions the treatment plant is struggling to produce enough water.
Elliotvale Road and Toko Mouth Road are now open, although there is still some surface water so drivers should take care when using the roads.
We will be providing updates as new information becomes available but at this stage expect this to be the last update for today.