All Waihi schools, excluding Waihi Beach, will be closed tomorrow and reopening Friday because of low water levels in the reservoir.
Waihi was out of water and reservoir levels are extremely low due to a main pipe break this morning, a Hauraki District Council spokesperson says.
Residents are being advised that there are to be no showers, washing clothes, using a dishwasher or unnecessary use of water until further notice.
“Use water from your tap for drinking water only and boil water for 3 minutes before drinking.”
Residents are being urged to use water from tanks which are available at the following locations:
• Victoria Park
• Golden Legacy Centre, Moresby Avenue
• Morgan Park, Kenny Street carpark
• Salvation Army carpark
“We need people to use water from the tanks as much as possible. Residents are encouraged to take their own containers to fill.
“It will need to be boiled for 3 minutes if used for drinking, cooking or teeth cleaning. This water can be used without boiling to flush toilets, wash, etc.”
Bottled water is also available at Gold Education Centre, Morgan Park and the Salvation Army.
The main pipe was fixed around 11am and the reservoir is slowly filling up, the spokesperson says.
“From 11am the level has risen by 1.8 per cent.
“Portaloos are being arranged and will be stationed next to Waihi’s public toilets - Victoria Park, Haszard Street and Gilmour Reserve.
“Waikino reservoir is coping for the moment but residents are asked to reduce water use as much as possible during this time.
“We do want to hear from anyone who still hasn’t got water in their taps though.”
The council can be called on 0800 734 834.