Simple, common-sense rules apply every day of the year to conserve water now and for the future.
Permanent water saving rules now apply in the following towns and suburbs:
Permanent water saving rules apply to businesses supplied with drinking water.
The rules do not apply to greywater, tankwater, bore water or recycled water.
All hand-held hoses must be fitted with trigger nozzles and be free of leaks.
You can water your business′ gardens and lawns with a hand-held hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle), watering can, or bucket at any time on any day.
You can also use a watering system before 10 am and after 6 pm on any day.
A “watering system” is any automatic or manually operated system of spinklers, drip irrigation, weep hoses, etc. Even a simple garden sprinkler connected to a tap is considered a “watering system” under the Permanent Water Saving Plan.
Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces (eg: sporting ovals, gold courses, bowing greens) can be watered:
Fountains and water features can be used provided they recirculate water.
You can use water to clean driveways, paths, timber decking, concrete or other hard surfaces, only:
Use a high-pressure water cleaner if available. Otherwise, a hand-held hose or bucket can be used.
If you wish to apply for a business variation or exemption please contact us.
The permanent water saving rules are enforced under the Water Act.
Penalties apply for breaches.
|What is a “high pressure water cleaning device”?|
|I have a fountain / water feature. Can I use it now?|
|I run a car dealership. How can I keep the cars clean?|
|I work on a construction site. Can I hose down the paths / paving / scaffolding, etc.?|
|I own a plant nursery. When can I water my plants?|
|I look after a bowling green / cricket pitch / football oval / golf course. When can I water?|
|I work 9 to 5. It's not convenient to use the sprinkler after 6 pm. What can I do?|
|Can I use a hose to wash my windows?|
|I have a rainwater tank / dam. What restrictions apply?|
|I use bore water / grey water / recycled water. What restrictions apply?|
|So, are we still under water restrictions? When will they end?|
|What if I break the rules? Are there fines?|
|What if I see someone else doing the wrong thing?|
A high pressure water cleaner is an electric- or petrol-powered device that connects to a hose and forces water out at high pressure for more effective cleaning.
The rate of delivery must be 9 litres per minute or less.
Popular brands include Gerni and Kärcher.
Yes, if it re-circulates water (almost all of them do).
You can top it up if it gets low.
Mininimal restrictions apply to washing cars. You can wash your vehicles with:
You can also take your cars to a commercial carwash.
Yes, if you use a high-pressure water cleaner.
You can also use a hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle) if cleaning is required for health or safety reasons, to prevent staining, or in an emergency.
You may not use a hose for general cleaning, such as removing leaves (use a broom or blower instead).
All your hoses must be fitted with trigger nozzles, and be free of leaks.
Yes. Unlike private and business-owned gardens and lawns, no restrictions apply to watering plants or vegetables at wholesale, retail or municipal plant nurseries.
Sports grounds, and public gardens and lawns are subject to much the same restrictions as residential gardens and lawns.
You can use a watering system before 10 am and after 6 pm, on any day.
Note: your watering system must be fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor to prevent over-watering.
You can also use a hand-held hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle), watering can or bucket at any time on any day.
We suggest purchasing a watering system that you can set to water overnight. These systems do not need to be expensive or complex (eg: a tap timer).
You can also water in the morning before 10 am.
Yes. There are no restrictions that apply to washing windows.
The Permanent Water Saving Plan applies only to drinking water. There are no restrictions on rainwater you harvest on-site and store in a tank or dam.
The Permanent Water Saving Plan applies only to drinking water supplied through our reticulation network. If you have a private bore, use grey water, or are connected to recycled water (Class A, B or C via our “purple pipe” network, or operate your own on-site recycled water facility) the Plan does not restrict your use of that water.
Yes and no. Permanent water saving rules conserve water; today, tomorrow and always. The rules do restrict water use, so you can can think of them as a basic form of restrictions. Like restrictions, the rules are also enforceable under law.
However, unlike staged (numbered) water restrictions, permanent water saving rules are in place permanently: every day of the year.
We have authorised water officers who follow up on suspected breaches.
If you breach the rules, we may give you an official warning, an on-the-spot-fine or may seek to prosecute you (depending on the severity of the breach).
Permanent water saving rules are enforceable under the Water Act.
If you witness a breach of the permanent water saving rules, you can contact us with the details. An authorised water officer will investigate and follow up.