Auckland’s water supply is still feeling the impact of the drought
As a result, stage one water restrictions remain in place. Click here to learn more.
On 24 September 2020, Auckland Council decided to adjust the stage one water restrictions for commercial water users. The changes will take effect on 12 October. To find out how this change could affect you, click here.
From November 2019 to May 2020, Auckland experienced its worst drought on record, receiving only 60 per cent of the normal rainfall.
While we had some rainfall over winter, our total dam storage level is still far below what it would normally be at this time of year. To put us in the best position for the coming summer, at Watercare we are working very hard on several projects that will increase the availability of water for Auckland. But we need you to do your bit too.
We’re asking all Aucklanders to reduce their water use by 20 litres every day. That might not seem like much, but if everyone saves a little, together we will save a lot.
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.
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.