What to do when a water well goes dry

Groundwater levels are very low this summer because we’ve had three consecutive winters with little rainfall to replenish the aquifers.

It is the responsibility of the well owner to ensure that their well is deep enough to get water in the driest of years, or to make arrangements for alternate supplies in those very dry years.

If you need to have your well deepened, you can find a list of drillers here.  

For short-term water supply, you can find a list of registered water carriers here:

Why can farmers still irrigate when private shallow wells are drying up?

Many irrigators are allowed to continue irrigating. Their consents are not tied to groundwater levels, but instead are managed by annual allocation volumes. As long as they don’t take more than their consented annual volume, they are allowed to irrigate no matter how low groundwater levels go.

Find out more Canterbury's rainfall data.