Water restrictions

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

UPDATED 17 January 2024

Level 2 water restrictions went live today in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Porirua – want to know what that means for you?

From this date, all unattended watering systems are banned – i.e., sprinklers and irrigation systems.

You can water your garden by hand anytime, on any day, so long as you don’t leave your garden hose or watering device unattended.

Learn more about Water Restriction Levels here: https://www.wellingtonwater.co.nz/.../water-restrictions/

For more information, check the water restrictions page at wellingtonwater.co.nz

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

For water saving tips, please visit: www.watcheverydrop.nz

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.

What we're doing at Council to use less water


  • The Parks and City Services team will be turning off garden bed irrigation, and minimising sportsfield and nursery irrigation.

  • We’ll still need to water Porirua Park, Endeavour and Adventure Park, plus keep our plants alive at the nursery. The cost to replace these sportsfield surfaces and plants would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • We will be smart when we water, only use the bare minimum and also utilise the water tanks at the nursery for the plants.

Splash Pad:

  • The Splash Pad uses recirculated, filtered water. We may look to reduce operating hours but not at this stage.


  • Wellington Water is working hard to fix leaks, based on priority and how much water they’re losing.

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.

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You can find out more about watering restrictions and conservation.