Water  |  15 Dec 2022

Christchurch City Council asked Banks Peninsula residents to stop using water following widespread power outage. Latest updates below.

Power restored

Power is back on across Banks Peninsula and residents can return to using water normally. Thanks so much for stopping using water while power was out.

Power outage update

Orion is advising its field staff will shortly be repairing the fault.
The Customer Support team can be contacted on 0800 363. 9898 and you can keep up to date on power outages at

Banks Peninsula residents to stop using water

"We’re asking residents to please stop using water, including for flushing toilets, showering and washing. You can still take drinking water from your tap," Head of Three Waters Helen Beaumont says.  

"Without power we can’t pump water into our storage reservoirs, so will be operating on a limited supply until power is back on and we can refill our reservoirs." 

"Our wastewater network relies on power to pump wastewater from place to place. By stopping flushing you are helping us avoid wastewater overflows," Ms Beaumont says. 

We are working with electricity providers and will provide more information as it is available. You can find more on the Orion website - https://www.oriongroup.co.nz/customers/power-outages/current

 Please also stop using water if you’re in Lyttelton Harbour (including Diamond Harbour and Governors Bay) and don’t have power.