Help Save Water

26 February 2013

We’re having a glorious summer but the continuing dry weather is starting to take its toll on regional water supplies.

Watering a garden with a hose.

Use a hand-held hose to water your garden


To help make sure we have enough, please remember that year-round garden sprinkler watering hours are 6am - 8am and 7pm - 9pm on alternate days. You can help make an even bigger difference by watering every four days instead of every second. 

Alternatively, consider using a hand-held hose or watering can, and leave the lawn for a rainy day. Mulching your garden and watering in the early morning or evening when it is cooler will stop it from drying out too quickly. 

City sportsfields with automated irrigation systems are watered in sections for 10 to 15 minutes between 1am and 4am. We heavily mulch our street shrub borders and at the Botanic Garden manually operated irrigation systems are used as early as possible in the morning, but only as and where required. We use all sorts of composts and mulches there and always check the moisture content of the soil before we water. 

For more information on the region’s water supply and saving water, check:

Water Supply - Greater Wellington Regional Council