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.

For more information check out our FAQs on garden watering restrictions. Find out what you can do in a sprinkler and irrigation system ban here

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

South Wairarapa District Council

Baseline Garden watering restrictions now apply in Martinborough, Greytown and Featherston.

This means that only sprinkler and irrigation systems can be used on alternating days.

Alternate day watering - 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

There are currently no watering restrictions in place in Lower Hutt.

This means that only sprinkler and irrigation systems can be used.

For more information in what you can do in a sprinkler ban, click here.

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

Porirua City Council

There are currently no watering restrictions in place in Porirua.

This means that only sprinkler and irrigation systems can be used.

For more information in what you can do in a sprinkler ban, click here.

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

Upper Hutt City Council

Baseline Garden watering restrictions now apply in Upper Hutt.

This means that only sprinkler and irrigation systems can be used on alternating days.

Alternate day watering - 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.

Alternate day watering still applies

    • 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 in what you can do in a sprinkler ban, click here.

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

Wellington City Council

There are currently no watering restrictions in place in Wellington City.

This means that only sprinkler and irrigation systems can be used.

For more information in what you can do in a sprinkler ban, click here.

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