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Published 27/02/2023

Wellington metropolitan region returning to Level 1 water restrictions today

A wet summer in the Wellington region is good news with storage lakes at full capacity and river sources at healthy levels says Wellington Water.

Heading into Autumn, a long dry period is unlikely so a move back to Level 1 water restrictions is a logical decision says Laurence Edwards, Chief Advisor Drinking Water.

“While we are in a good state, it is important residents and businesses continue to be mindful of their water use. Consumption remains at historically high-levels due to population growth and high-water loss through leaks.

“Wellington Water will continue to work with councils to reduce the number of leaks in the network.  We ask the public to play their part in helping manage the region’s high-water consumption by following water restriction Level 1,” says Mr Edwards.

Under Level 1, residents living in an even numbered house, can use sprinklers or irrigation systems only on even numbered days between 6-8am and 7-9pm. If you live in an odd numbered house, the same rules apply for odd numbered days.


  • Residential Water restriction Level 1 applies all year round for Upper Hutt and South Wairarapa (Martinborough, Greytown and Featherston). 
  • Level 1 applies during Daylight Saving months (September - April) for Lower Hutt, Wellington City and Porirua. 
  • You can use handheld watering devices any time, on any day, so long as you don’t leave them unattended.


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