Garden watering restrictions

In certain circumstances a ban on sprinklers and irrigation systems (as above) may become necessary and in extreme circumstances a total outdoor water ban may be declared.

There is now a sprinkler ban in place.

For more information about this ban including frequently asked questions please go to the Wellington Water website. 

Garden watering restrictions in general

To make sure there’s enough water for everyone, we restrict the use of garden watering systems all year.

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.

The restrictions allow you to use:

  • 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 6am – 8am and 7pm – 9pm.

Only on allocated watering days:

  • Odd-numbered houses on odd dates of the month (1st, 3rd, 11th etc.)
  • Even-numbered houses on even dates of the month (2nd, 4th, 16th etc. 


What happens if you breach the restrictions?

We run watering patrols where we monitor compliance with the water restrictions and provide information on water conservation and the restrictions. We also investigate reports from the public of water bylaw breaches. People who are found to be breaching the restrictions may receive a warning or be issued with a breach notice.

If you are issued with a breach notice you have the following options:

  • Write to Council, explaining why you violated the restrictions.
  • Pay $150 to a nominated charity via Upper Hutt City Council.
  • Ignore the breach notice and do nothing.

If you write to us and your explanation is not accepted, and you choose not to donate to charity, Council will prosecute you. Please note that a guilty verdict will be recorded as a criminal conviction. This may affect your options or eligibility when attempting to apply for employment and/or travel overseas.

For more information, download our Water restriction bylaw breach flyer.(PDF, 94KB)

For more information on the District Court process, call the Ministry of Justice on (04) 918 8800.

If you would like to report a bylaw breach, please fill out the form below.