Water restrictions

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

UPDATED 24 September, 2023

Level 1 water restrictions went live today in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Porirua - want to know what that means for you?

Level 1 is our lowest water restriction level, and asks all residents to only use sprinklers and irrigation systems every second day, between 6-8am and 7-9pm.

Even-numbered houses can use their sprinklers on even-numbered days, and odd-numbered houses on odd-numbered days.


  • The 50/50 split helps spread the daily water demand and manage daily water supply
    The restriction to morning and evening watering reduces evaporation in the heat of the day, making the most out of every drop

You can water your garden by hand any time, on any day - so long as it's not left 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

🚨This will take effect from 26 September 2022.🚨

👉 You can use handheld watering devices any time, on any day, so long as you don’t leave them unattended.

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

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.

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.