To ensure that water is not wasted needlessly, Upper Hutt City Council has garden watering restrictions relating to the use of water that apply all year round.

In certain circumstances a ban on sprinklers and irrigations systems may become necessary and in extreme circumstances a total outdoor water ban may be declared.

Council’s policy on water conservation and garden watering restrictions can be viewed in the Manual of Policies (page 107, section 4.15).

The use of garden watering systems has the potential to waste a lot of water if used too frequently, or turned on for lengthy periods of time. It is for these reasons that the following restrictions apply. People who breach the restrictions may be prosecuted.

Restrictions allow

  • A single garden watering system (a sprinkler, an irrigation system, a soaker hose or an unattended hose) at a time to be used in your garden from 6-8am and 7-9pm, but only on the following days.
  • Premises with uneven numbers can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only.  Premises with even numbers can water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only.

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

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 10 May 2016