Look out for Recon's water patrols - they can advise on saving water
Strategic Analyst Paul Glennie from Capacity - the Council-controlled organisation that runs our water supply - says it's critical to conserve water wherever we can.
"November rainfall was well below the average, the Hutt River - a major source of Wellingtonians' water - is running low, and water usage soared during the recent dry spell.
All of this resulted in a dramatic rise in water consumption figures - far outstripping supply.
"That means there is a greater reliance on the storage lakes to make up the difference - and of course that's a limited supply."
The usual water restrictions are in place all year for sprinklers. You're allowed to use them 6.00am - 8.00am and 7.00pm - 9.00pm on alternate days. If you have an even-numbered address, you can use sprinklers on even days of the month and vice versa.
You can use a hand-held hose or watering can any time.
Paul says that while infringement notices won't be issued this summer, it may be a possibility next summer.
"Earthquake strengthening work means we'll only have access to one lake next summer, and considering we have just enough to go round in a dry summer with two lakes, we'll be using more stringent methods next time.
"But for now, if you're seen to be breaking any rules or wasting water, they'll just have a friendly chat with you and give you plenty of helpful advice."
For tips on how to conserve water, go to:
Water Conservation Tips