Notifications of any disruptions to water races

Current disruptions and outages

Disruptions will affect all races downstream and it may take up to 48 hours for flows in races lower down to be fully restored.

If you have any questions about the disruptions below, please contact the Water Services Team.


Date: 22/10/2021 - 29/10/2021
Type: Disruption
Affected Schemes: Upper Ellesmere
Map: Affected Water Upper Ellesmere [PDF, 1040 KB]
Details: We are currently experiencing issues with getting water in to the water races in the Upper Ellesmere scheme. The area affected is shown in purple shading below. Please advise callers that we are aware of the situation and have notified Grasslands to remedy this.


Date: 20/10/2021 - 26/10/2021
Type: Disruption
Affected Schemes: Paparua
Map: Affected Water Paparua [PDF, 1094 KB]
Details: Due to river conditions at the Paparua intake, there will be flow disruptions in the whole Paparua scheme from 20th to 26th October 2021. Council has commenced works to reinstate the flow. This is a scheme-wide disruption for the Paparua scheme. Please find attached a map showing the affected areas.


Date: 20/10/2021 - 24/10/2021
Type: Disruption
Affected Schemes: Paparua
Map: Affected Water Paparua [PDF, 1094 KB]
Details: The Paparua Stock Water Race Intake that will cause a loss of supply and major disruption to the entire scheme. A map below shows the affected area. This outage has been caused by changing river levels in the Waimakariri River, contractors are performing river works to restore supply. It is expected that there will be no supply and widespread disruptions across the entire Scheme including right into Christchurch City for the rest of the week, and most likely over the weekend.


Date: 20/10/2021 - 23/10/2021
Type: Disruption
Affected Schemes: Paparua
Map: Affected Water Paparua [PDF, 1575 KB]
Details: Due to maintenance works, there is a water race outage east of Rolleston, involving the Paparua scheme. The outage will affect the main water race along Dawsons Road, Waterholes Road and Hamptons Road as well as the side races related to this race. The stock water supply in the location (shown in purple) above will be affected on these dates.


Paparua Scheme Water Race Users

Check our Paparua water race irrigation page for current restrictions and the daily roster.


Please contact the Council if you have any questions regarding any other disruptions.