Water Rates

This page contains information about water rates.

Can I get my water connected or disconnected?

If you wish your property to be connected or disconnected to the water supply please contact the Water team at council@kaipara.govt.nz or 0800 727 059. Fees and charges for this service are listed online.

Can I request a special water meter reading?

Yes, You can request your water meter to be read at any time if required. There is a fee for this service, and an invoice will be sent to you. For more information please contact us, or to view our fee schedule on right or contact us.

How can I get a final water meter reading?

If you are selling your property, a final water meter reading should be arranged between your solicitor and Council before settlement. There is a fee for this service, and you will also be billed for the water consumption up to the date of the final meter reading. Once the final water account has been processed, the water account will automatically be changed into the new owner’s name. View our final meter reading charges online or contact us.

How does a solicitor request rates information?

By utilising the Solicitors Settlement Request Form.

What if I have a water leak?

You can find out more about water leaks here.

What is the penalty for paying my water meter late?

Pursuant to section 57 and 58 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, the Council delegates the authority to the Council Revenue Team to apply the following penalties on unpaid rates:
A penalty of 10% of the amount outstanding for water-by-meter rates charged under section 19(2)(b) of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 will be added on the day after the due date.

a) Water charges – metered properties:

A penalty of 10% of the amount outstanding for water‑by‑meter rates charged per invoice will be added on the relevant penalty date for each billing month and area stated below, except where a ratepayer has entered into an arrangement by way of direct debit authority and honours that arrangement.


For each billing month and area, the date the penalty will be added is as follows:

Billing month


Payment due date

July 2022

January 2023

Dargaville (Hokianga Road and side streets) and Glinks Gully

20 August 2022

20 February 2023

August 2022

February 2023

Dargaville (Station and Beach Roads) and

20 September 2022

20 March 2023

September 2022

March 2023

Dargaville (Township East)

20 October 2022

20 April 2023

October 2022

April 2023

Dargaville (Awakino Road and Main
Street) and Ruawai

20 November 2022

20 May 2023

November 2022

May 2023

Dargaville (Ranfurly, Plunket and Tirarau
Streets); Maungaturoto Railway;
Maungaturoto Township and Mangawhai

20 December 2022

20 June 2023

December 2022

June 2023

North Dargaville to Kaihu, Awakino Point
and Baylys

20 January 2022

20 July 2023


When is my water meter read?

Water meters are read and invoices sent on a six-monthly cycle. The amount payable is due on the 20th of the month following the month that the invoice was dated. Water meters are read and invoices for water used are sent to property owners every 6 months. The dates the meters are read will vary depending on your area. All water passing through your meter is chargeable. Water meter billing schedule.