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 normal rainfall. Since then, Auckland still hasn't had enough rainfall to make up for that deficit, so our total water storage is 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.
Those water restrictions have been adjusted for commercial water users and residential water users. Residents can use a water blasting device or hose when fitted with a trigger nozzle. While restrictions have been adjusted, we are still urging everyone to continue saving water when and where possible. Reusing water to feed your garden and vegetable patch is one way to get started.
Saving water can be as easy as reducing your shower time to four minutes or 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.
For those on tank water, now is a good time to check your water levels and look at booking a top up.
The team at Watercare is working hard on several projects that will increase the availability of water for Auckland. But, we still need you to do your bit. Our car washing video has some handy tips on how to save time and water while giving the lawn a drink.
If we all save a little, together we can 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.