from the KCDC

Record rainfall over the last year has caused significantly elevated groundwater levels across our district, with a wide range of impacts. Our water table is approximately 1 metre higher than it was at this time last year, thanks to all the rain we’ve had over the last year.

If you’ve looked out the window and seen ponding in your backyard during or after rain, you’re not alone. Current groundwater levels are impacting our land, infrastructure, and work programmes, as well as private property.

What can we do about it? Unfortunately, there are no easy fixes, but levels will drop given time.  We estimate we need 8–10 months without a significant weather event to return to normal groundwater levels.

We’re working on a number of things to improve our stormwater network that will help the situation too.