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Water restrictions

During daylight saving or in times of drought our use of water is restricted.

Sprinkler Ban

Most of the Wellington region will come under a sprinkler ban from midnight Friday 12 February 2021 following high water usage and falling river levels.

Over the last week water usage has consistently exceeded the maximum daily water use target of 170 million litres. Use of residential sprinkler and irrigation systems will be forbidden. Hand watering methods will be allowed.

The restrictions imposed by Wellington Water apply to Lower and Upper Hutt, Wellington, Porirua and Martinborough.

There is a ban on residential sprinkler and irrigation use from midnight tonight (12 February) in Porirua. Hand-held watering can still be carried out. More info 👇💦💦

Posted by Porirua City Council on Thursday, February 11, 2021

🚨This will take effect from: 11:59pm Friday 12 February 2021.🚨

👉 Only hand held watering devices can be used outdoors
⚠ No sprinklers, irrigation systems or unattended hoses until further notice.

Alternate day watering still applies - even numbered properties on even numbered dates and odd numbered properties on odd numbered dates.

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Help use less water

We encourage you to find ways to use less water in your gardens during dry periods.  You can do this by using mulch, watering your plants and trees only when necessary, and installing a trigger spray on your hose.

Tips to save water:

  • Use mulch to keep soil moist.
  • Only water your garden when absolutely necessary during cooler times of the day – early morning or late evening. 
  • Collect water from your shower for watering your garden.
  • Let your lawn die off, it will come back.

Water restrictions bylaw

Water use in Porirua City is managed under the Porirua City Council General Bylaw 1991 Part 17 - Water Supply.

The Bylaw applies at all times throughout the year and is enforced particularly during summer and prolonged dry seasons.

Water restrictions are publicly notified in community and regional newspapers, local radio and television as appropriate in each case.

Latest water news

News - water restrictions in Porirua

Porirua City cuts back on watering to help conserve water

We're cutting back on watering parks, lawns and gardens following the household sprinkler and irrigation ban.

30 Nov 2017

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You can find out more about watering restrictions and conservation.