Garden watering restrictions apply during daylight saving months (September – April) in Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington, and are all year-round for Upper Hutt and South Wairarapa.

These are base-level restrictions and can be increased depending on demand and supply around the region.

These restrictions relate to council bylaws and non-compliance can result in prosecution.

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South Wairarapa District Council

As of 5:00pm on Tuesday 12 January 2021, a residential sprinkler and outdoor irrigation system applies in Featherston and Greytown.

This means that only handheld watering devices can be used outdoors. No sprinklers, irrigation systems or unattended hoses.

Alternate day watering still applies- even numbered properties on even numbered dates and odd numbered properties on odd numbered dates.
For more information in what you can do in a sprinkler ban, click here.

Garden Watering Restrictions are in place all year-round.

For those on town supply, watering of gardens is allowed on alternate days only throughout the year. The South Wairarapa District Council policy permits:

  • Even-numbered houses on even dates of the month (2nd, 4th, 16th etc.)
  • Odd-numbered houses on odd dates of the month (1st, 3rd, 11th etc.)
  • Rural properties attached to the town water supply must also follow the alternate day watering policy based on their RAPID number.

For more information contact South Wairarapa District Council on 06 306 9611 or visit their website.

Hutt City Council

Garden Watering Restrictions are in place every summer, during daylight saving months (September–April).

These restrictions allow for the use of:

  • A single watering system (sprinkler, irrigation system, soaker hose, or unattended hose) between 6-8am and 7-9pm.
  • On allocated watering days:
    • Even-numbered houses on even dates of the month (2nd, 4th, 16th etc.)
    • Odd-numbered houses on odd dates of the month (1st, 3rd, 11th etc.)

For more information and tips contact Hutt City Council on 04 570 6666 or visit their website.

Porirua City Council

Garden Watering Restrictions are in place every summer, during daylight saving months (September–April).

These restrictions allow for the use of:

  • A single watering system (sprinkler, irrigation system, soaker hose, or unattended hose) between 6-8am and 7-9pm.
  • On allocated watering days:
    • Even-numbered houses on even dates of the month (2nd, 4th, 16th etc.)
    • Odd-numbered houses on odd dates of the month (1st, 3rd, 11th etc.)

For more information and tips contact Porirua City Council on 04 237 5089 or visit their website.

Upper Hutt City Council

Garden Watering Restrictions are in place all year-round.

These restrictions allow for the use of:

  • A single watering system (sprinkler, irrigation system, soaker hose, or unattended hose) between 6-8am and 7-9pm.
  • On allocated watering days:
    • Even-numbered houses on even dates of the month (2nd, 4th, 16th etc.)
    • Odd-numbered houses on odd dates of the month (1st, 3rd, 11th etc.)

For more information and tips contact Upper Hutt City Council on 04 527 2169 or visit their website.

Wellington City Council

Garden Watering Restrictions are in place every summer, during daylight saving months (September–April).

These restrictions allow for the use of:

  • A single watering system (sprinkler, irrigation system, soaker hose, or unattended hose) between 6-8am and 7-9pm.
  • On allocated watering days:
    • Even-numbered houses on even dates of the month (2nd, 4th, 16th etc.)
    • Odd-numbered houses on odd dates of the month (1st, 3rd, 11th etc.)

For more information and tips contact Wellington City Council on 04 499 4444 or visit their website.

For more information check out our FAQs on garden watering restrictions. 

Or to help you conserve water both inside and outside your home, check out some of our water conservation tips and fact sheets.