Auckland’s water supply is still feeling the impact of the drought
From November 2019 to May 2020, the region received only 60 per cent of the normal rainfall, and its total water storage is still well below where it should be for this time of year. As a result, stage one water restrictions remain in place. Click here to learn more.
Water restrictions have been adjusted for commercial water users and from 14 December residential water users will be able to use a hose when fitted with a trigger nozzle. Click here for the changes to residential water restrictions. We are still in the grips of a water shortage, so while restrictions are being amended for residents we are still urging everyone to continue saving water where possible.
As the drier months set in, you’ll be seeing the gauge (below) quite a bit. It’s a way for metropolitan Auckland to keep an eye on daily water usage. The aim is to stay in the green and below the daily target.
Saving water can be as easy as cutting your shower time down by 2 minutes, or by turning the tap off while you soap your hands or brush your teeth. It’s not about making big sacrifices – it’s about throwing out old habits and replacing them with ones that put less strain on our precious resource. We don’t want you to stop using water, we just want you to think before you turn the tap on.
Switch things up today. Remember, every litre we save now gives us another litre to get us through next summer.
For those on tank water, now is a good time to check your water levels and look at booking a top up.
To put us in the best position for the coming summer, the team at Watercare are working hard on several projects that will increase the availability of water for Auckland. But we need you to do your bit too. If everyone saves a little, together we will save a lot.
What is the challenge?
Find out more about the drought as well as what's involved in delivering safe drinking water to your home.
How are we responding?
Our team of engineers are working to increase the volume of water available for Auckland and reduce the number of leaks in our network. We're also helping Aucklanders to become more water efficient by sharing lots of tips.
What can you do?
Responding to the drought requires a team effort. Find out what you can do to help and meet our local water-saving heroes.