Auckland’s water supply is still feeling the impact of the drought

Auckland’s water supply is still feeling the impact of the worst drought on record. 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.

While water restrictions have been adjusted for commercial water users, we still need residential users to refrain from using a hose or water blasting device, and continue saving 20 litres of water a day, every day. 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.

Visual tool 23 October


Saving 20 litres 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 and be a water-saving hero. 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.