× Search

Saving water

Water restrictions that were put in place on 30 January 2019, have now been lifted for Tauranga.

We would like to thank you for your fabulous response and support of the water restrictions. You can now return to using your sprinkler and watering at any time of the day.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to call our waterline advisors on 07 577 7000.

Tips on saving water in summer

There are some simple things you can do to help save water. Little changes can make a big difference, particularly in the drier months of summer.   


  • Soak your garden every few days rather than giving it a quick drink every night. Light watering means water evaporates quickly and makes the roots grow shallow. Soaking the ground every few days encourages the roots to go deeper into the soil where moisture is held longer.
  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening so water doesn’t evaporate. 
  • Mulch your garden with grass clippings or compost. Mulching keeps moisture in. 
  • Raise the blades on your lawn mower a notch. Leaving 25-30mm of leaf provides shade to the roots and soil, slowing water loss and protecting your lawn from sunburn.
  • Dig a small trench around trees and large plants to help retain water.
  • Dig the soil – well-turned, aerated soil will absorb water easily. 


  • Fix any leaking taps, pipes or cisterns.
  • Put a jug of water in your fridge for instant cold water.
  • Make sure the dishwasher is full before you use it.
  • Scrape dirty dishes rather than rinsing. Modern dishwashers can take it!
  • Put the plug into the sink to wash dishes or scrub vegetables, don’t leave the water running.


  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers. A quick shower uses less than quarter of the water used in a bath.
  • Use the short toilet flush when you can, that uses about half the water of a full flush.


  • Install covers on pools and spas to reduce water evaporation.
  • Use a bucket to wash your car rather than a hose.
  • Wash your car on the grass.
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean paths.

Last Reviewed: 27/03/2019


Tauranga City Council, Private Bag 12022, Tauranga, 3143, New Zealand   |  Terms of use   |  Site map

Back To Top