In the warmer and drier summer months we need to look out for our water. When you see these water drops, it's time to start slowing down your water use.

To find out what water restriction level you are in, please click on your local council at the bottom of this page.

To help you conserve water both inside and outside your home, check out some of our water saving tips.

 

Water Restriction Level 1 - Use sprinklers every other day

Outdoor residential water restrictions start at Level 1. If you live in an even numbered house, you 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. 

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

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. 

Water Restriction Level 2 - Limit residential outdoor water use

Residential Water Restriction Level 2 means there is a ban on sprinklers and irrigation systems. You can use handheld watering devices anytime, on any day, so long as you don’t leave them unattended. 

For more information, check out our FAQs.

Water Restriction Level 3 - Stop residential outdoor water use

Residential Water Restriction Level 3 means there is a ban on all residential outdoor water use. 

For more information, check out our FAQs.

Water Restriction Level 4 - Drought Conditions! Ban on outdoor water use, reduce indoor water use

Water Restriction Level 4 means there is a significant water shortage. At level 4 there is a ban on all outdoor water use, and we need to reduce our indoor water use to ensure there is enough water for everyone.

To help save water, people should stop all outdoor water use, take 2 minute showers and limit their laundry use 1 load per person per week.

Refer to the table below for guidelines on how much water you can use at level 4 based on the number of people you live with.

NOTE: These are guidelines for an extreme drought scenario to avoid running drinking water reservoir levels too low. Drawing reservoir levels too low risks potentially serious water quality issues, and must be avoided to protect public health. 

Guideline values are based on Wellington metropolitan area (Porirua, Upper Hutt, Wellington City, and Lower Hutt). Guidelines specific to South Wairarapa towns may differ and will be advised as/when required according to operating conditions in such an event.

South Wairarapa District Council

 

Level 1 applies in Martinborough, Featherston and Greytown  

This means... If you live in an even numbered house, you 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. 

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

Level 1 applies all year round for South Wairarapa (Martinborough, Greytown and Featherston).

Hutt City Council

There are no residential water restrictions in place for Hutt City.

Porirua City Council

There are no residential water restrictions in place for Porirua.

Upper Hutt City Council

 

Level 1

This means... If you live in an even numbered house, you 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. 

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

Level 1 applies all year round for Upper Hutt.

Wellington City Council

There are no residential water restrictions in place for Wellington City.