Sprinklers banned in Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua, and Wellington effective Wednesday 29 November 2017

A ban on the use of residential sprinklers and irrigation systems will take effect in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua from midnight tonight (Wednesday, 29 November 2017).

Read the full media release on the Wellington Water website

Frequently asked questions are provided below for more information.

Water conservation and garden watering restrictions policy

Read Council’s full policy on garden watering restrictions and  water conservation in the Manual of Policies (page 102, sections 4.13 and 4.14).

Frequently asked questions

Can I still water my garden?
Yes you can, by hand – we recommend a trigger nozzle on a hose, or watering can.

Can I still wash my car?
Yes you can, by hand — we recommend using a bucket and a trigger nozzle on a hose.

My neighbour is using their sprinkler – should they be?
No, unless they have their own water supply. You can report any sprinkler or irrigation usage to your local council.

The bowling club/sports club/council / school is still watering their lawn, is that right?
They are still permitted to water their facilities, however we are asking them to be as pragmatic and responsible as possible.

My business relies on outdoor water use (house cleaners, nursery’s etc.), what can I do?
You can continue to operate as normal, however we ask that you are pragmatic and responsible when watering.

Why are there restrictions when we’ve had so much rain?
It’s been very dry, and river levels have dropped quickly. We have stored water in lakes, but this needs to last the whole summer. We are also carrying out urgent work to our treatment plants, to ensure our water remains safe and healthy, which means we can’t supply as much water as normal.

Can the kids still play in the sprinkler?
No. Sprinkler use is banned. But you can spray them with the hose, and play with water balloons.

Can I still fill my pool?
Yes, but you must be holding the hose as it fills the pool – any unattended water use is not permitted. We are however asking people to be as pragmatic and responsible as possible, and consider using the fantastic public pools we have in the region as an alternative.

Can I still waterblast my house?
Yes – assuming you are holding the waterblaster.

What can I do?

Conserving water, indoors as well as outside. Even small steps help, such as:

  • Fitting a trigger nozzle to your hose
  • Using a bucket of water and soft sponge or mop for outdoor cleaning jobs
  • Sweeping up garden waste, rather than hosing it away
  • Fixing leaks promptly
    Doing only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
  • Taking shorter showers

Find more water-saving tips at www.wellingtonwater.co.nz

Use a bit less water, make a big difference

Use the links provided in the Resources & Links section to find more information. Alternatively, you can contact us on (04) 527 2169 or email us.

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Last updated on 28 Nov 2018