Water charges

All water connections in Nelson are metered. The charging regime is the same for both residential and commercial users. Charges include GST.

The Water Annual charge of $200.40 including GST is included in your property rates bill. Water charges are levied as a rate under the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002.

  1. Encourage conservation of water.
  2. Be fair to residential and commercial water users.
  3. Recognise the opportunity and firefighting value of the water supply system and ensure all consumers, including empty sections and houses, pay their fair share of the operating costs.

The water account is self-funding. This means that water sales must pay for the costs of providing water. Most of the costs for supplying water to the community are fixed (around 90%). The basis for calculating water charges was set by Council on the recommendation of a working party (including Council, business and community representatives).

When will you receive your water bill?

Residential water volumetric rates are payable at the Nelson City Council office, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson and shall be payable on the following dates:

Billing Month Last Date for Payment Penalty Date
July 2018 20 September 2018 26 September 2018
August 2018 20 September 2018 26 September 2018
September 2018 22 October 2018 26 October 2018
October 2018 20 December 2018 8 January 2019
November 2018 20 December 2018 8 January 2019
December 2018 21 January 2019 25 January 2019
January 2019 20 March 2019 26 March 2019
February 2019 20 March 2019 26 March 2019
March 2019 22 April 2019 29 April 2019
April 2019 20 June 2019 26 June 2019
May 2019 20 June 2019 26 June 2019
June 2019 22 July 2019 26 July 2019

Special (final) water volumetric rates will be payable 14 days from the invoice date of the special (final) water reading as shown on the water invoice.

Commercial water volumetric rates are payable at the Nelson City Council office, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson and shall be payable on the following dates:

Billing Month Last Date for Payment Penalty Date
July 2018 20 August 2018 24 August 2018
August 2018 20 September 2018 26 September 2018
September 2018 22 October 2018 26 October 2018
October 2018 20 November 2018 26 November 2018
November 2018 20 December 2018 8 January 2019
December 2018 21 January 2019 25 January 2019
January 2019 20 February 2019 26 February 2019
February 2019 20 March 2019 26 March 2019
March 2019 22 April 2019 29 April 2019
April 2019 20 May 2019 24 May 2019
May 2019 20 June 2019 26 June 2019
June 2019 22 July 2019 26 July 2019

Residential, commercial and industrial volumetric rates

Cost per cubic metre (GST inclusive)
Quantity Price from
1 July 2019
0-10,000 cu m per year $2.137
10,001- 100,000 cu m per year $1.883
> 100,000 cu m per year $1.486
summer irrigation usage for consumption over 10,000 m3 per year $2.010

Other charges

Other charges
Charge from 1 July 2019
Special reading $29.00
Installation of a Restrictor (cost includes subsequent re-establishment of supply) $120
Permanent Disconnection Application Fee $230.50
Connection Application Fee:  
< 50mm dia $120
= > 50mm dia $230.50
Hydrant Supply Application Fee $136.50
Registration to draw water from bulk filling point (annual fee) $136.50
Bulk filling point supply (minimum volume 100 m3 per year)  

Unpaid Metered Water Rates

Council will impose a ten per cent penalty on all metered water rates that remain unpaid following the last date for payment.

Water meter reading

The residential water meters are read between April and June and between October and December each year. Our contractors may be reading seven days a week during these periods and will be identified by dayglo jackets and name tags.

Please ensure your water meter box is clear and accessible for the meter readers.

Water connection / disconnection / alteration

For connection or disconnection to the water network you can download and complete an application for water connection/disconnection/alteration form (147KB PDF).

Completed forms should be returned to the Customer Services Centre, Civic House, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson or sent via email to enquiries@ncc.govt.nz