We all love water, but we also need to take care of our water, to help us enjoy it all year round.
Love Every Drop is all about doing both - letting you know the ways, times and places where your actions can make the most difference - as well as enjoying and celebrating water!
How it works
We're a community of water lovers, and want to share with you how we love and look after our water, and hear from you about how you love our water.
Wellington Water Meter
Welcome to the Watch Every Drop Water Meter. This is how we’ll let you know what’s going on with water supply during the summer months.
This will be updated according to water supply around the region and you can check in at anytime if you’re unsure about your water activities.
There are garden watering restrictions around the region (Wellington, Porirua, and Lower Hutt) during daylight saving months (and all year round in Upper Hutt). These restrictions allow for the use of:
- A single watering system (sprinkler, irrigation system, soaker hose, or unattended hose) between 6-8am and 7-9pm.
- On allocated watering days:
- Even-numbered houses on even dates of the month (2nd, 4th, 16th etc.)
- Odd-numbered houses on odd dates of the month (1st, 3rd, 11th etc.)
For more information click here.
Love Every Drop
Use a bit less - outside
- Mulch your garden to keep moisture in
- Control your hose with a flow "trigger gun"
- Water carefully by hand (with a hose or a watering can)
- Choose plants well suited to local conditions
Use a bit less - inside
- Fix leaks - taps, toilets and pipes
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
- Make your showers shorter by 1 minute
- Toilets - use an old plastic bottle in your cistern to save a litre or two every flush
- Look for water-efficiency labels when buying new appliances such as washing machines
Setting up a rainwater tank
Diverting rainwater from your downpipe to a storage tank is a great way to reduce your use of treated water, especially for gardening or outdoor cleaning.
It can also increase your options in the event of a water supply emergency.
Every season poses it's own issues when it comes to water use, wastage, and infrastructure.
We had a hot summer over 2017/18, and demand for water was going up when supply was going down. As a result we were using the water in our storage lakes earlier than usual, and the region introduced a sprinkler ban.
Our community of water lovers were up to the challenge though, and the region made significant efforts to reduce their water use, and report wastage (through leak detection) — good work Wellington!
As we enter Autumn and the cooler months we face other issues with our water, including extreme rainfall events, flooding, and wet weather overflows.
Autumn - Clean your gutters!
Autumn is the perfect time to clean your gutters, as the trees strip all their leaves, causing your gutters and drains to get blocked.
The weather in Autumn can be from one extreme to the other (lingering summer days to heavy rainfall), and if there is heavy rainfall and your gutters are blocked it can cause flooding.
Flooding, as a result of extreme rainfall events, can result in our stormwater network not being able to cope, which means that stormwater can enter the wastewater system. This can result in wastewater overflows, as the system and treatment plant is overwhelmed by the volume of water.
Some ways that you can help our stormwater system are:
- Gutters and down pipes - these must connect to stormwater drains. If connected to the wastewater system, sewage overflows can occur.
- Building over drains - avoid building over your drains, it may interfere with future maintenance of the drains and cause damage to your building.
- Garden beds - design garden beds to minimise water runoff and soil washing into the streets and drains.
- Gully trap - make sure your household gully trap is above ground level so rain doesn't flow into it as this can cause sewage overflows.
- Planting trees - locate the position of your drains and identify suitable tree types before planting to avoid future drain blockages from tree roots.
- Impervious surfaces - Discharge stormwater from impervious surfaces to gardens, lawns and rainwater planters.
Also remember that everything that goes into our stormwater system ends up in our streams, rivers, and the ocean. So remember the motto 'only rain down the drain' and help with the following:
- Car cleaning - Wash the car on your lawn so water soaks into the ground or use a commercial car wash facility, which treats its wastewater or drains to the wastewater system.
- Fertilisers and pesticides - minimise your use, these chemicals are easily washed off the garden by rainfall and into our waterways.
- Footpaths and gutters - avoid putting litter or dog droppings in street gutters and drains, this can cause blockages, pollution problems and even local flooding.
- Rubbish bins and recycling containers - make sure items are secure so they don't blow away or fall out and end up in the drains (and ultimately our ocean).
Summer - Rock hunting
During summer, to celebrate the awesome people who were looking after their water, and to make the most of being outdoors in the sunshine, we thought it was the perfect opportunity for a rock hunt.
We hid some #loveeverydrop rocks around Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Porirua and Wellington and if you found one and brought it in to Wellington Water's office you would receive a prize.
Explorers put their boots on, slapped on some sunscreen, and got hunting around the region, finding the following rocks:
Lower Hutt rocks found:
Rock 1 - Entrance to Mill Stream (Cornish Street entrance), bottom of Korokoro
Rock 2 - Stream in Riddiford garden, Lower Hutt CBD
Rock 3 - Petone Wharf entrance
Rock 4 - Park by Wagon Rd, Stokes Valley
Rock 5 - New UV pipeline outfall, by the Hutt River, Queens Dr
Rock 6 - Gums Loop track, Wainuiomata
Rock 7 - On the playground by Magnolia Grove, Maungaraki
Porirua rocks found:
Rock 1 - By Aotea Lagoon, Papakowhai
Upper Hutt rocks found:
Rock 1 - Trentham park, opposite Axe Mens club
Rock 2 - Timberlea park
Wellington rocks found:
Rock 1 - Wind Wand, Kilbirnie
Rock 2 - Balaena Bay
Rock 3 - Days Bay
Rock 4 - The Boat Shed/St Johns
Not all rocks were found, so you may find a few floating around each of the cities still.
Thank you for Loving Every Drop.