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Prepare for tighter water restrictions this summer

Porirua Newsletter 2023

Porirua residents are being asked to play their part to conserve water, as the risk of shortages this summer looms.

The entire Wellington region has been under Level 1 water restrictions since daylight savings began, meaning sprinklers and irrigation systems can only be used from 6–8am and 7–9pm every other day (if you have an even-numbered address, you can use on even-numbered days of the month). You can water your garden at any time, as long as your watering device isn’t left unattended.

Porirua Mayor Anita Baker says Wellington Water and Porirua City Council continue to work to find and fix leaks, but even if we have an average summer in terms of rainfall, residents may be asked to significantly reduce water waste.

“Water restrictions help people manage their water use, so there’s enough to go round for the necessities,” Mayor Baker says.

“Water use is at an all-time high due to a combination of leaks, population growth and relatively high use, so restrictions do make sense so we can get out in front of any shortages that could come. We all need to play our part.”

Wellington’s daily water supply is finite, meaning it has a limit. This is because there is a limit on how much can be taken from the rivers and aquifer per day, and how much water can be treated to make it safe to drink. If too much is used, we have to dip into precious stored water.

Check out these useful links for more info:

Store water at your place – see, click ‘Home Ready’ and learn how to store emergency water.

Shorter showers, less loads of laundry, turning off the tap when you brush your teeth: see more at

Keep an eye on the water restrictions page on our website:

25 Oct 2023