District Plan Review launches with heritage focus
A major review of the Selwyn District Plan is now under way, with an initial focus on identifying heritage items that might be added to the Plan.


It just makes Water Sense!
Summer is here, and we want to ensure properties connected to Council water supplies can enjoy good water service during the warmer time of year.


Looking ahead to the Long-Term Plan
Selwyn District Council is currently developing its next Long-Term Plan for 2018-2028. This will outline the projects, renewals, and services that the Council believes our community wants over the next 10 years.



Severe weather event information

UPDATE, 4pm Thursday 22 February

Whitecliffs campground has reopened.

Chamberlains Ford campground is open via the Old Bridge Road entrance on the Leeston side.

Coes Ford campground remains closed. This will be reviewed daily. It may take several days for water to recede.

UPDATE, 6pm Wednesday 21 February

Campgrounds to remain closed

The Selwyn District Council has decided to keep Coes Ford, Chamberlains Ford and Whitecliffs campgrounds closed tonight.

The Selwyn River flow is running high and it is uncertain when the river level will peak at these locations. Council is taking a cautious approach by not allowing campers to return to the campgrounds tonight.

Local Controller Murray Washington says this is the right course of action to be sure that people are not at risk throughout the night.

“Council staff advised freedom campers temporarily parked at the Lincoln Event Centre on Tuesday night that the campgrounds could remain closed tonight and to have alternative arrangements in place,” he says.

Lincoln Event Centre is not open to campers tonight. However, campers can go to the Lakeside Domain campground.

The closures will be reassessed on Thursday morning.

Further updates will be published to the Council’s website and Facebook page.

UPDATE, 3.30pm Wednesday 21 February

Civil Defence emergency lifted for Selwyn

Selwyn District Council has lifted the Civil Defence State of Emergency in Selwyn district this afternoon.

The State of Emergency was declared on Tuesday evening in response to possible effects of ex-Cyclone Gita.

Selwyn Civil Defence local controller Helene Faass says river levels have not caused significant problems due to lower than predicted rainfall. The MetService heavy rain warning and strong wind warnings have been lifted for Canterbury.

“The rainfall didn’t reach predicted levels, however taking a precautionary approach and declaring meant we had access to powers and resources to evacuate low-lying settlements such as the upper and lower Selwyn Huts if necessary. We were also able to place other agencies on standby to assist.

“I’m grateful to all volunteers as well as staff and contractors who worked during the event.”

No evacuations were required at Lower and Upper Selwyn Huts. Residents were asked to be prepared to self-evacuate if necessary.

The Coes Ford, Chamberlains Ford and Whitecliffs campgrounds remain closed at this time. They will be opened before nightfall if possible, but Council advises campers to have alternative arrangements in place.

Road closures
Current road closures due to flooding include Malvern Hills Road (from Waianiwaniwa Road to Auchenflower Road), Pig Saddle Road (from Hartleys Road to Waianiwaniwa Road), and Hartleys Road (from Pig Saddle Road to Whitecliffs Road).

The Auchenflower, Homebush and Riversleigh Road fords are closed, and contractors are monitoring these and other fords.

Further updates, including reopening the campgrounds, will be published to the Council’s website and Facebook pages.

UPDATE 1pm, Wednesday 21 February


RIVER LEVELS AND FLOODING
Civil Defence is continuing to monitor rainfall and river levels. The State of Emergency is expected to remain in place while river levels and conditions are assessed.

The MetService heavy rain warning and strong wind warnings have been lifted for Canterbury. The latest weather information can be found at: www.metservice.com/national/home.

The Selwyn and Hawkins rivers have not reached levels which would cause any significant issues. This is continuing to be monitored.

At the current rate, the river flow is likely to reach Coes and Chamberlains Fords this evening. The Coes Ford and Chamberlains Ford campgrounds are likely to remain closed tonight. A further update will be posted this afternoon.
Contractors are at Leeston township in response to some localised flooding. They are assisting with sandbagging and clearing water races.

Localised flooding at Happy Jacks Creek at Hororata is being monitored. Contractors are on site. Happy Jacks Ford has been closed between Plantation and Scouts Roads.
For Environment Canterbury river and flood warnings visit: www.ecan.govt.nz/

LOWER AND UPPER SELWYN HUTS
No evacuations have been required to date. Residents of Lower and Upper Selwyn Huts are advised to remain prepared to self-evacuate if necessary.

ROAD CLOSURES
Current road closures due to flooding include Malvern Hills Road (from Waianiwaniwa Road to Auchenflower Road), Pig Saddle Road (from Hartleys Road to Waianiwaniwa Road), and Hartleys Road (from Pig Saddle Road to Whitecliffs Road).

Happy Jacks Ford has been closed between Plantation and Scouts Roads. The Auchenflower, Homebush and Riversleigh Road fords are also closed, and contractors are monitoring these and other fords.

TRAVEL
Motorists are advised to remain alert to road conditions. There is likely to be surface flooding and debris on roads, and drivers should slow down and exercise caution.

Check road conditions before you set off at: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11. Council contractors are monitoring the district’s roads and will place signs where there is surface flooding. Our contractors cannot cover the whole district at once, therefore please drive to the conditions if you have to travel.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE

A precautionary boil water notice remains in place for properties connected to the Council’s Arthur's Pass water supply due to increased turbidity. No E.coli has been detected in the water supply. However, the Council cannot guarantee that the water is safe to drink with the increased turbidity and asks residents to boil water as a precaution.

Further information is available at www.selwyn.govt.nz/home-assets/whats-hot/precautionary-boil-water-notice-arthurs-pass .

CONSERVE WATER NOTICES
A conserve water notice has now  been issued for the Springfield water supply due to high turbidity as a result of the weather conditions. The Acheron, Hororata and Malvern Hills Dalethorpe water supplies have also been shut down. Households on these supplies are asked to conserve water until the supply can be restored.

CUSTOMER SERVICE
For specific issues relating to the weather event please call our Helpline on: (03) 347-2800. In an emergency call 111.

MORE INFORMATION
* Flood warnings: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/home/flood-warning/
* River flow information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/riverflow/
* Rainfall information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/rainfall-data/
* Metservice: http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings
* NZTA road closures: http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11
* Orion: http://www.oriongroup.co.nz/current

UPDATE 11am, Wednesday 21 February

Lincoln Event Centre will be closing from 11am for campers evacuated from Coes Ford and Chamberlains Ford yesterday, and will not be available tonight.

It's expected that these camp grounds will reopen later this afternoon after checks on river levels are completed.

Updates on camp grounds reopening will be via the Council Facebook page and this website.

Lakeside Domain is open for camping but has limited capacity.

Lincoln Event Centre is continuing normal programming and events today.



UPDATE 9am, Wednesday 21 February

Selwyn Civil Defence is continuing to monitor river levels but there are no immediate concerns and no immediate plans for evacuations.

Local Civil Defence controller Helene Faass says latest data indicates that the Selwyn and Hawkins Rivers are rising, but have not reached levels which would cause any significant issues.

The peak flows from these rivers will take several hours to reach lower locations such as Coes Ford and Selwyn Huts, so the likely impacts on those areas may not be known until mid-afternoon.

Rainfall overnight and this morning has been lower than expected but steady rain is continuing in parts of the district this morning.

The Coes Ford and Chamberlains Ford campgrounds will remain closed in the meantime, and will be reassessed later this afternoon.

Some flooding has been reported in Leeston as the main drain through the town is at capacity. Contractors are providing sandbags and crew to assist with protecting property in the worst affected areas this morning.

Contractors are also visiting other townships to inspect and remove any debris from stormwater systems.

Roading inspections have been under way since first light. Current road closures due to flooding include Malvern Hills Road (from Waianiwaniwa Road to Auchenflower Road), Pig Saddle Road (from Hartleys Road to Waianiwaniwa Road), and Hartleys Road (from Pig Saddle Road to Whitecliffs Road)

The Auchenflower, Homebush and Riversleigh Road fords have also been closed, and contractors are monitoring these and other fords.

Helene Faass says the State of Emergency is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future while river levels and conditions are assessed.

The latest weather information can be found at: www.metservice.com/national/home

LOWER AND UPPER SELWYN HUTS
No evacuations have been required to date. Residents of Lower and Upper Selwyn Huts are advised to remain prepared to self-evacuate if necessary.

RIVER LEVELS AND FLOODING
Civil Defence is continuing to monitor rainfall and river levels through the day.

For Environment Canterbury river and flood warnings visit: www.ecan.govt.nz/

TRAVEL/ROAD CLOSURES
Motorists are advised to remain alert to road conditions this morning. There are likely to be significant areas of surface flooding and debris on roads, and drivers should slow down and exercise caution.

Please avoid any unnecessary travel and check road conditions before you set off at: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11. Council contractors are monitoring the district’s roads and will place signs where there is surface flooding. Our contractors cannot cover the whole district at once, therefore please drive to the conditions if you have to travel.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
A precautionary boil water notice remains in place for properties connected to the Council’s Arthur's Pass water supply due to increased turbidity. No E.coli has been detected in the water supply. However, the Council cannot guarantee that the water is safe to drink with the increased turbidity and asks residents to boil water as a precaution.

Further information is available at http://www.selwyn.govt.nz/home-assets/whats-hot/precautionary-boil-water-notice-arthurs-pass.

CONSERVE WATER NOTICES
The Acheron, Hororata and Malvern Hills Dalethorpe water supplies have been shut down due to high turbidity as a result of the weather conditions. Households on these supplies are asked to conserve water until the supply can be restored.

CUSTOMER SERVICE
For specific issues relating to the weather event please call our Helpline on: (03) 347-2800. In an emergency call 111.

MORE INFORMATION
* Flood warnings: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/home/flood-warning/
* River flow information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/riverflow/
* Rainfall information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/rainfall-data/
* Metservice: http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings
* NZTA road closures: http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11
* Orion: http://www.oriongroup.co.nz/current



UPDATE 6am, Wednesday 21 February

The State of Emergency in Selwyn district remains in place this morning, with the Selwyn Emergency Operations Centre continuing to actively monitor the impacts of ex-Cyclone Gita.

No evacuations have been required overnight and there are no immediate plans for any evacuations.

Around 80 vehicles have been parked overnight at the Lincoln Event Centre after campgrounds at Chamberlains Ford, Coes Ford and Whitecliffs were closed yesterday.

Forecast high levels of rainfall in the foothills overnight did not eventuate but officials are continuing to monitor river levels.

Latest data indicates that the river levels in the Hororata and Selwyn Rivers are rising but there have been no reports of breaches.

Local Civil Defence controller Helene Faass says the State of Emergency will remain in place for the foreseeable future while conditions are assessed. This will be reviewed later this morning.

There are no reports of power outages at present.

The latest weather information can be found at: www.metservice.com/national/home

LOWER AND UPPER SELWYN HUTS
No evacuations have been required overnight. Residents of Lower and Upper Selwyn Huts are advised to remain prepared to self-evacuate if necessary.

RIVER LEVELS AND FLOODING
Forecast high rainfall overnight in the Selwyn foothills has not been as heavy as anticipated but Civil Defence have continued monitoring rainfall and river levels overnight.

For Environment Canterbury river and flood warnings visit: www.ecan.govt.nz/

TRAVEL/ROAD CLOSURES
Motorists are advised to remain alert to road conditions this morning. There are likely to be significant areas of surface flooding and debris on roads, and drivers should slow down and exercise caution.

Council contractors will be checking roads from first light. Only one ford has been reported closed overnight, the Hawkins River ford at Wyndale Road.

Please avoid any unnecessary travel and check road conditions before you set off at: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11. Council contractors are monitoring the district’s roads and will place signs where there is surface flooding. Our contractors cannot cover the whole district at once, therefore please drive to the conditions if you have to travel.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
A precautionary boil water notice remains in place for properties connected to the Council’s Arthur's Pass water supply due to increased turbidity. No E.coli has been detected in the water supply. However, the Council cannot guarantee that the water is safe to drink with the increased turbidity and asks residents to boil water as a precaution.

Further information is available at http://www.selwyn.govt.nz/home-assets/whats-hot/precautionary-boil-water-notice-arthurs-pass.

CONSERVE WATER NOTICE
The Acheron/Hororata water supply has been shut down due to high turbidity and as a result the reservoir is running low. Updates will be published to the Selwyn District Council website.

AFTER HOURS CUSTOMER SERVICE
For specific issues relating to the weather event please call our Helpline on: (03) 347-2800. In an emergency call 111.

MORE INFORMATION
* Flood warnings: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/home/flood-warning/
* River flow information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/riverflow/
* Rainfall information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/rainfall-data/
* Metservice: http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings
* NZTA road closures: http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11
* Orion: http://www.oriongroup.co.nz/current


UPDATE 9.30pm, Tuesday 20 February

Following the declaration of a State of Emergency for Selwyn district, the Selwyn EOC is continuing to actively monitor the developing severe weather event and will do so overnight.

The MetService is still predicting the heaviest period of rainfall from 10pm, along with strong winds.
The state of emergency will assist Civil Defence authorities in evacuating at-risk areas if necessary.
Further updates will be published on the Council Facebook page and website.

The latest weather information can be found at: www.metservice.com/national/home

LOWER AND UPPER SELWYN HUTS
With the predicted increased rainfall the Selwyn river could potentially flood overnight and require evacuations of low-lying communities tomorrow morning. Residents of Lower and Upper Selwyn Huts are advised to be prepared to self-evacuate if necessary.

RIVER LEVELS AND FLOODING
If the amount of forecast rainfall eventuates, this storm has the potential to affect many of Canterbury’s rivers with peak flows expected overnight Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
For Environment Canterbury river and flood warnings visit: www.ecan.govt.nz/

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for properties connected to the Council’s Arthur's Pass water supply due to increased turbidity. No E.coli has been detected in the water supply. However, the Council cannot guarantee that the water is safe to drink with the increased turbidity and asks residents to boil water as a precaution.
Further information is available at http://www.selwyn.govt.nz/home-assets/whats-hot/precautionary-boil-water-notice-arthurs-pass.

CONSERVE WATER NOTICE
The Acheron/Hororata water supply has been shut down due to high turbidity and as a result the reservoir is running low. Updates will be published to this website.

TRAVEL/ROAD CLOSURES
There is surface flooding on roads throughout the district and conditions are hazardous. As we head into the evening, please be very careful and drive to the conditions.
Please avoid any unnecessary travel and check road conditions before you set off at: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11 . Council contractors monitoring the district’s roads and will place signs where there is surface flooding. Our contractors cannot cover the whole district at once, therefore please drive to the conditions if you have to travel.

AFTER HOURS CUSTOMER SERVICE
For specific issues relating to the weather event please call our Helpline on: (03) 347-2800
In an emergency call 111.

MORE INFORMATION
* Flood warnings: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/home/flood-warning/
* River flow information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/riverflow/
* Rainfall information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/rainfall-data/
* Metservice: http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings
* NZTA road closures: http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11
* Orion: http://www.oriongroup.co.nz/current

UPDATE 7pm, Tuesday 20 February

Civil Defence emergency declared in Selwyn

Selwyn District Council has declared a Civil Defence State of Emergency for the Selwyn district tonight (Tuesday 20 February), in response to the effects of ex-Cyclone Gita.

Selwyn Civil Defence local controller Murray Washington says the State of Emergency has been declared due to the Selwyn River potentially flooding overnight which may require evacuations of low-lying communities tomorrow morning. The sustained heavy rain today is expected to continue and worsen at about 10pm this evening.

The state of emergency will assist Civil Defence authorities in evacuating at-risk areas if necessary. The Council Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is actively monitoring at-risk areas.

Residents at the Upper and Lower Selwyn Huts are advised to be prepared to self-evacuate if necessary, Mr Washington says.

UPDATE 6.30pm, Tuesday 20 February

The effects of ex-Cyclone Gita are starting to be felt in Selwyn, but the worst of the weather is expected to hit at about 10pm this evening.

The Selwyn EOC is continuing to closely monitor this developing severe weather event. Further updates will be published on the Council Facebook page and website.

The district is experiencing sustained heavy rainfall which is expected to continue until midnight, along with predicted high winds with gusts of up to 120kmh. This is expected to continue into Wednesday 21 February.

The latest weather information can be found at: www.metservice.com/national/home

RIVER LEVELS AND FLOODING
Environment Canterbury has advised that it expects the Selwyn River to rise rapidly this evening, issuing warnings to relevant landowners.

Environment Canterbury’s flood controllers are closely monitoring the rainfall and changing river flow conditions. If the amount of forecast rainfall eventuates, this storm has the potential to affect many of Canterbury’s rivers with peak flows expected overnight Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

For Environment Canterbury river and flood warnings visit: www.ecan.govt.nz/

Fire Emergency New Zealand is installing pumps in areas prone to flooding.

CAMPGROUND CLOSURES
Coes Ford and Chamberlains Ford, Whitecliffs campgrounds were closed at 6pm tonight. Council will reassess the closures on Wednesday (21 February).

Displaced campers can go to the Lincoln Event Centre and park at the front carpark. There are toilet facilities are available all night. Showers are available until 9.30pm tonight and again from 8am. There will be security onsite throughout the night.

CONSERVE WATER NOTICE
The Acheron/Hororata water supply has been shut down due to high turbidity and as a result the reservoir is running low.
Please conserve water until the supply can be restored. Restoration may be 24-hours away.
For updates please visit: www.selwyn.govt.nz

BOIL WATER NOTICES
The Council is monitoring the district’s drinking water supplies and will notify of any Boil Water Notices via text, the Council website, Facebook and the media.

TRAVEL/ROAD CLOSURES
There is surface flooding on roads throughout the district and conditions are hazardous. As we head into the evening, please be very careful and drive to the conditions.

We will continue to monitor road conditions as the severe weather event develops.

Please avoid any unnecessary travel and check road conditions before you set off at: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11. Council contractors monitoring the district’s roads and will place signs where there is surface flooding. Our contractors cannot cover the whole district at once, therefore please drive to the conditions if you have to travel.

After hours customer service available
For specific issues relating to the weather event please call our Helpline on: (03) 347-2800

In an emergency call 111.

MORE INFORMATION
* Flood warnings: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/home/flood-warning/
* River flow information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/riverflow/
* Rainfall information: https://www.ecan.govt.nz/data/rainfall-data/
* Metservice: http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings
* NZTA road closures: http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11
* Orion: http://www.oriongroup.co.nz/current

UPDATE 3pm, Tuesday 20 February

The Selwyn Emergency Operations Centre was activated at 1pm today in preparation for the possible effects that ex-tropical cyclone Gita may have on the district. Heavy rain is expected from tonight and the Selwyn River levels may rise.

Please check on vulnerable people and your neighbours.

Conserve water – Acheron/Hororata
The Acheron/Hororata water supply has been shut down due to high turbidity and as a result the reservoir is running low. Please conserve water until the supply can be restored. Restoration may be 24 hours away. Further updates will be published on this website.

Campground closures
Chamberlains, Coes and Whitecliffs campgrounds will be closed today at 6pm due to the heavy rains and wind predicted in Selwyn caused by ex-cyclone Gita. Heavy rain is forecast and may cause the Selwyn River levels to rise significantly.

Weather – rain
The Selwyn River is expected to rise this afternoon.

The Council is encouraging residents to check and clear gutters and storm water drains in and around their properties. The latest weather information can be found at: www.metservice.com/national/home

Wind
Strong winds are expected from 8pm onwards.
Please check your property for anything that could get blown away and secure it.

River levels and flooding
We are monitoring the situation. Environment Canterbury may issue river and flood warnings which can be found at: www.ecan.govt.nz/
Fire Emergency New Zealand is installing pumps in areas prone to flooding.

Travel/road closures
We are monitoring road conditions as the severe weather event develops. Please avoid any unnecessary travel and check road conditions before you set off at: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11. Council contractors monitoring the district’s roads and will place signs where there is surface flooding. Our contractors cannot cover the whole district at once, therefore please drive to the conditions if you have to travel.

Helpline service
For specific issues relating to the weather event please call our Helpline on: (03) 347-2800

In an emergency call 111.

Boil Water Notices
The Council is monitoring the district’s drinking water supplies and will notify of any Boil Water Notices via text, the Council website, Facebook and the media.

UPDATE 1pm, Tuesday 20 February

Temporary campground closures

Chamberlains, Coes and Whitecliffs campgrounds will be closed today at 6pm due to the heavy rains and wind predicted in Selwyn caused by ex-cyclone Gita. Heavy rain is forecast and may cause the Selwyn River levels to rise significantly.

Campers are asked by Council to make alternative accommodation arrangements before 6pm. Council’s Helpline can be phoned on 347 2800 for those needing to access any belongings locked in the campgrounds after 6pm.

The front carpark at the Lincoln Event Centre (15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln) is available for campers to park up if needed. Two toilets will be available during the day and overnight. Showers are available until 9.30pm tonight and from 8am in the morning. Campers must bring their own towels and toiletries.

The Council Civil Defence team is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates via Facebook and on the Council’s website. The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated. The campground closures will be reviewed on Wednesday.

Campers are advised to keep an eye on the Metservice website for the latest weather warnings: www.metservice.com/national/home, and the Environment Canterbury website for the latest flood information: www.ecan.govt.nz/home/flood-warning/.

UPDATE 11am, Tuesday 20 February

The effects of ex-cyclone Gita are likely to hit Selwyn district this afternoon. Metservice has issued a severe weather warning, advising that 150mm to 200mm is expected to fall in the Canterbury High Country and 80mm to 120mm elsewhere.

The Council Civil Defence team is monitoring the latest weather modelling and we will keep you updated via Facebook and on this website.

Please check your property for anything that could get blown away and secure it. We also encourage that residents check and clear gutters and storm water drains in and around their properties.

Rubbish collection - we ask residents on Tuesday collection to bring in their empty bins as soon as possible after emptying due to expected high winds. For those on Wednesday collection, we ask that you put bins out in the morning before 7.30am, rather than putting them out Tuesday night if possible.

The latest weather information can be found at: www.metservice.com/national/home

Please avoid any unnecessary travel and check road conditions before you set off at: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11

Environment Canterbury may issue river and flood warnings which can be found at: www.ecan.govt.nz/

Please check on vulnerable people and your neighbours.

Stay safe!


Boil Water Notice lifted

Residents on the Sheffield Waddington Water Supply are advised they no longer need to boil water. Council has received water sampling results showing that the water is now safe to drink.

You are no longer required to boil your drinking water. If you have any questions please contact the Council Helpline on 03 347 2800 or 03 318 8338.

We appreciate your patience while the Boil Water Notice has been in place.


Conserve water notices lifted

The Acheron, Hororata, Malvern Hills Dalethorpe and Springfield water supplies have all been restored and are now fully operational.

The water supplies had been temporarily shut down due to high turbidity as a result of the weather conditions this week. Council thanks residents for their efforts to conserve water during the shut down period.


Precautionary Boil Water Notices – Arthur's Pass and Springfield

Residents on the Arthur's Pass water supply and the Springfield water supply are advised to begin boiling water. Adverse weather conditions have increased the turbidity of these two water supplies.

No E.coli has been detected in either water supply. However as result of the increased turbidity, the Council cannot guarantee that the water is safe to drink and has issued these Precautionary Boil Water Notices as a precaution.

When a boil water notice is in place, the Ministry of Health advises that people should boil or treat all water from taps before drinking, brushing teeth or using it in food preparation. In addition, water used to make ice should also be boiled before freezing.

* Bringing water to the boil is sufficient to kill all bugs (water does not require prolonged boiling). Water needs to be boiled even if the smell or taste of chlorine is present. If you cannot boil water, treat it by adding 1 teaspoon of household bleach per 10 litres of water and leave for 30 minutes
* During boil water notices, employers should also make sure their staff are only consuming boiled or bottled water at work.

You will need to continue to boil your water until you are notified that the boil water notice is lifted. It is likely to be in place for several days. If you or your family show any symptoms of sickness please visit your doctor as soon as you are able to.

The Council will continue to monitor the intake and reticulation system and keep residents informed of any updates. Any updates will also be posted to this website.


Consultations Open

Consultations Open

Proposed road stoppings; Heritage items nominations; Water(s) Bylaws


Health Warning

Health Warning – Algal Bloom in Selwyn/Waikirikiri River

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued along the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River at Whitecliffs Domain. This warning was issued on 21 December 2017.

Recent water testing at Selwyn/Waikirikiri River has shown the quantity of potentially toxic blue-green algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the river has decreased and cover is now below the levels that are of concern to public health.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says Environment Canterbury’s sampling of the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River will continue to the end of this summer.

The algal bloom warning remains in place for the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River at Glentunnel and at Chamberlains Ford.

Pets should be taken to a vet immediately if they are showing signs of illness after coming into contact with algae.

Environment Canterbury is monitoring the sites and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality.

Facts about cyanobacteria:

  • Appears as dark brown/black mats attached to rocks along the riverbed
  • The algae occur naturally but can increase rapidly during warmer months
  • It often has a strong musty smell and algal toxin concentrations can vary over short periods with changing environmental conditions
  • Although high river levels will remove the algal bloom, detached mats can accumulate along the shore and increase the risk of exposure to toxins.
  • If a health warning is in place avoid contact with the water
  • Although district or city councils may place warning signs, these may not be seen at the numerous river access points, hence the need for people/ dog-walkers to treat every low-flowing river cautiously.

For further information visit Environment Canterbury Swimming Water Quality or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777.


Dry, hot summer approaching

It is likely that Canterbury will have a dry, hot summer.

As in previous years, we are encouraging property owners to cut or graze long grass – on cooler days – before it starts to dry off to avoid it becoming a fire hazard.

It’s important to know that while grass may look green, it can still burn in the right conditions. If you have long grass on your property, now is a good time to either graze it or mow it on a cooler day to reduce the risk of fire affecting your property.

Council does not maintain roadsides except at intersections to keep sight distance for drivers and outside Council-owned properties eg reserves, cemeteries, quarries. Mowing of intersections is under way as part of the road maintenance contract.

The Council is responsible for complaints relating to vegetation on properties causing a fire risk. People can contact Selwyn District Council to make a complaint.

On 1 July 2017 Selwyn District Council Rural Fire Authority merged with the New Zealand Fire Service and other rural fire organisations to form Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). FENZ is now responsible for all aspects of rural fire, including permitting.

To get a fire permit visit: http://www.checkitsalright.nz/

For further information about outdoor fires and use of barbecues visit: www.selwyn.govt.nz/fire

Check old fires – wet them down!

Do not dig them over as this could reignite the fire.

The safest way to check the old burn in today’s conditions is to insert a crowbar or other metal pole into the burn and check to see how hot it is when you pull it out.  If it is very hot, then it could still be burning.

These fires need to be well wet down. If practical, dig over your old burn during the cooler, rainy days which are forecast for later in the week.

Remember, it may be your responsibility for any fires that break out from your property and cause damage to neighbouring properties.


Closures

Many different council services or facilities may be restricted, closed or cancelled, for various reasons. Any closure notices will be posted here.

The current status of all fords and roads in the district are listed on our Road Disruptions and Closures page.

Zig Zag Road, just past the entranceway to Mount Hutt Lodge, will be closed from 9.30am–4.30pm on Sunday 25 February for the purpose of conducting the clubs ‘Gravel Hill Climb’, motorsport event. During the road closure, traffic will be requested to detour along the nearest alternative route. Any queries can be directed to Joanne Harkerss 3472 887.

Health warning: Algal blooms in the Selwyn/Waikirikiri River at Whitecliffs Domain and Glentunnel. People and animals, particularly dogs, should avoid the areas of the warning until the health warning has been lifted.