Wellington Water: Metropolitan Wellington to ease sprinkler ban, watering restrictions remain

Picture of a knotted garden hose with message that garden watering restrictions are in place all year in Upper Hutt with even numbered houses able to use a single sprinker or irrigation ssystem on even numbered days and odd numbered houses - on odd numbered days.

From tomorrow Friday 9 February, the ban on using garden sprinklers in Wellington, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, and Porirua will be lifted. Garden watering restrictions will still be in effect.

The four cities have been under a sprinkler ban that was introduced at the end of a particularly dry November.

Thanks to the response from the community, and in spite of a record hot January, the region’s storage lakes are now in good shape to last for the remainder of summer.

This means restrictions can now be eased to allow for the limited use of garden sprinklers and irrigation systems.

This is a good position to be in, but it’s important that people keep being responsible with water usage. Sprinklers are actually a relatively wasteful way to water plants, and their use is limited by the garden watering restrictions still in place.

These allow the use of a single sprinkler or irrigation system, from 6.00 – 8.00 am and from 7.00 – 9.00 pm, and only on alternate days according to your house number.

Sprinkler use permitted at:

  • odd-numbered houses on odd dates (1st, 3rd, 15th etc)
  • even-numbered houses on even dates (2nd, 4th, 18th etc)
  • only from 6.00 – 8.00 am, and from 7.00 – 9.00 pm.

This is part of a media release from Wellington Water. To read the full release go to wellingtonwater.co.nz/about-us/news/metropolitan-wellington-to-ease-sprinkler-ban-watering-restrictions-remain/