Water restrictions

For up-to-date water restrictions in the District, click here

The current Wairarapa Consolidated Bylaw 2019 states that “the customer shall comply with any restriction or other conservation measures which may be approved by Council to manage high seasonal or other demands”. 

Higher levels of water restrictions are normally triggered by our Resource Consent conditions relating to the level of flows in the Rumahunga River, but they can tiggered for other reasons resulting in reduced water supply.

Water restrictions are advised by public notice, here on Wellington Water’s website and on our Facebook page.

Applying water restrictions on users is part of implementing our overarching Water Conservation Stratetegy.

Year-round (Level 1) water restrictions
For those on town supply, watering of gardens is allowed on alternate days only throughout the year. Our policy permits:

  • Even numbered properties (e.g. 2, 26, 114) on even numbered days (e.g. 2, 4, 28)
  • Odd numbered properties (e.g. 1, 17, 129) on odd numbered days (e.g. 7, 15, 31)
  • Rural properties attached to the town water supply must also follow the alternate day watering policy based on their RAPID number.

Level 2 restrictions – no sprinklers/hand-held watering only
When declared, residential users are not permitted to use sprinklers and irrigation devices for watering gardens. They are allowed to water thier gardens with hand-held hoses or watering cans only, on alternate days as described above.

Commercial irrigation users are restricted to night-time irrigation only (7pm to 7am).

Level 3 restrictions – total outdoor water ban

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