The Wellington water network
Wellington Water’s catchment area covers Hutt, Wellington, Upper Hutt and Porirua Cities. It has three sources of drinking water; the Hutt River, the combined flow of the Wainuiomata and Orongorongo rivers and the Waiwhetu Aquifer – a natural underground reservoir that’s fed by river-water filtered through the ground.
We are fortunate in Upper Hutt that the quality of water is very high. Presently we have an “AA” grading for reticulated water supply, which is the best grading available in New Zealand.
Council is committed to providing cost effective, high quality and reliable water supply to the residents of Upper Hutt, as well as working with our community to reduce the volume of water that is used.
However, while we have the twin lakes at Te Marua and the Hutt River on our doorstep, Upper Hutt does not actually own the water in them. Upper Hutt City Council, along with the other Councils in the Wellington region, purchase their water in bulk from the Greater Wellington Regional Council. The cost of this water is close to $2.4million per annum for Upper Hutt alone. In addition, the cost of pumping, distributing and maintaining the city infrastructure that transports water from the Regional Council to the city’s water reservoirs and then to your tap is about another $4.6 million per year.
So, put simply, the less water we use as a city, the less we get billed, freeing up funds for other uses and assisting Council in its efforts to curb rates increases.
Visit the Wellington Water website for more information: https://wellingtonwater.co.nz/
The fees applicable are provided within the form and can also be viewed on page 37 in the Schedule of fees and charges [PDF 909 KB]
Application for a permit to draw water from a fire hydrant
Refer to the application form for guidelines, terms and conditions, fees, and payment information.
Last updated on 30 Jan 2017