The risk of a water shortage is real.
So, we need to prepare for tighter water restrictions this summer.
Through a combination of above average use, increasing leaks and a growing population, we’re using and losing more water than ever before.
We’re working hard to find and fix leaks, but even in an average summer we may have to ask you to significantly reduce water use at your place.
Learn how you can prepare for tighter water restrictions and a water shortage, and what Wellington Water and your councils are doing too.
Current water restrictions
South Wairarapa District Council
Porirua City Council
Upper Hutt City Council
Hutt City Council
Wellington City Council
How to conserve water at your place
Want to use less wai at your place, and get ready for tighter water restrictions? Get started with these simple tips, and learn more here.
Aim for full loads of laundry
Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth
Have shorter showers - one minute can equal 18 litres!
Water your garden in the early morning or evening to reduce water evaporation
Store water at your place
Don't water your garden every day
Don't pre-rinse your dishes, scrape food into the compost or bin instead
Don't leave the tap running - some can use between 6 to 12 litres a minute!
Wellington Water, on behalf of our council owners, has dedicated teams out finding and fixing leaks every day.
There are a lot of leaks out there and due to the current resources available to us, we simply can’t fix them all.
The older the pipes, the more likely it is that leaks will occur – some pipes are over 100 years old. This is a result of historical underinvestment in water infrastructure.
We must prioritise where crews go to make the best use of our resources and focus on fixing the biggest leaks that have the most impact on water supply. Check out how we prioritise leaks here.
Get the latest info on our leaks mahi below.