Current Disruptions and Outages

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

DateAffected SchemesTypeTime
3  September 2019 Upper Ellesmere, will affect Rakaia Terrace, Sharlands, Waikimihia, Rakaia, Selwyn and Illingworth Roads and all off-shoots.Intake Maintenance

5 Days (reopened evening of 7th September)

9 September 2019Lower Ellesmere, will affect Main Rakaia, Northbank, Knyvetts, North Rakaia, Glasseys, Heslerton, Tramway  and Irwell Rakaia Roads and all off-shoots.Intake Maintenance5 Days (reopened evening of 13th September)

Water Race Temporary Shut Downs

Occasionally water races are shut down for planned maintenance works.

  • All shutdowns are managed by Council’s Network Management Contractor, SICON.
  • Any contractors or land owners wishing to shut down water supply to install culverts or other structures, should contact the Council to be directed to SICON.
  • Planned shut downs shall be undertaken in line with Council's Policy W117. Please note that planned shut downs greater than 24 hours will be publicly notified at the applicant's cost. Council require three weeks' notice for planned shut downs greater than 24 hours.
  • Some main races are not able to be shut at certain times of year. Over pumping should be allowed for.

Paparua Scheme Water Race Users

The river flow is starting to drop - 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.