Permanent Water Saving Plan (residential)

The Permanent Water Saving Plan is a set of common sense rules that apply every day of the year to conserve water now and for the future. 

Image shows a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.

Under the Permanent Water Saving Plan, a hose must be fitted with a trigger nozzle. You can use a trigger nozzle on your garden, lawn or car at any time on any day.

The Permanent Water Saving Plan now applies in the following towns and suburbs: 

  • Aireys Inlet
  • Alvie
  • Anakie
  • Anglesea
  • Bannockburn
  • Barwon Heads
  • Batesford
  • Beeac
  • Bell Park
  • Bell Post Hill
  • Bellarine
  • Belmont
  • Birregurra
  • Breakwater
  • Breamlea
  • Clifton Springs
  • Colac
  • Connewarre
  • Coragulac
  • Corio
  • Cororooke
  • Cressy
  • Curlewis
  • Drysdale
  • East Geelong
  • Elliminyt
  • Forrest
  • Fairhaven
  • Fyansford
  • Geelong
  • Gellibrand
  • Gheringhap
  • Grovedale
  • Hamlyn Heights
  • Herne Hill
  • Highton
  • Irrewarra
  • Indented Head
  • Inverleigh
  • Jan Juc
  • Lara
  • Leopold
  • Lethbridge
  • Little River
  • Lorne 
  • Lovely Banks
  • Mannerim
  • Marcus Hill
  • Marshall
  • Meredith
  • Moolap
  • Moriac
  • Mount Duneed
  • Newcomb
  • Newtown
  • Norlane
  • North Geelong
  • North Shore
  • Ocean Grove
  • Ondit
  • Point Lonsdale
  • Portarlington
  • Queenscliff
  • Shelford
  • South Geelong
  • St Albans Park
  • St Leonards
  • Teesdale
  • Torquay
  • Wallington
  • Warrion 
  • Waurn Ponds
  • West Geelong
  • Whittington
  • Winchelsea

Stage 2 water restrictions apply in Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek and Marengo from Sunday 3 November 2013 to Saturday 26 April 2014.

Stage 2 water restrictions (residential) Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek and Marengo

The Permanent Water Saving Plan applies to residents supplied with drinking water.

The rules do not apply to greywater, tank water, bore water or recycled water.

 

Hand-held hoses

All hand-held hoses must be fitted with trigger nozzles and be free of leaks.

 

Gardens and lawns

You can water your garden and lawn 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 6 pm — 10 am, any day.

A 'watering system' is any automatic or manually operated system of spinklers, drip hoses, weep hoses, etc. Even a simple garden sprinkler connected to a tap is considered a 'watering system'.

 

Fountains and water features

Fountains and water features can be used, provided they recirculate water.

 

Paved areas and hard surfaces

You may use water to clean driveways, paths, timber decking, concrete or other hard surfaces, only:

  • if required as a result of an accident or fire
  • there is a health or safety hazard
  • if staining has developed (once a year)
  • during construction or renovation.

Use a high-pressure water cleaner if available. Otherwise, a hand-held hose or bucket may be used.

    


 

Penalties

The Permanent Water Saving Plan measures are enforced under the Water Act.

Penalties apply for breaches. 

 


 

Frequently asked questions

What is a "high pressure water cleaning device"?
Can I still use my hose / watering can / bucket?
I have a water feature. Can I use it now?
I want to wash my car. What are my options?
Can I fill or top up my swimming pool / spa?
Are we still under water restrictions? When will they end?
I have a rainwater tank. What restrictions apply to the water in it?
I have a greywater diverter from my washing machine. What restrictions apply?
Why can I only water at night / early morning?
Can I hose down my driveway / footpath / deck?
Can I use a hose to wash my windows?
What if I break the rules? Are there fines?
What if I see someone else doing the wrong thing?

  
What is a "high pressure water cleaning device"?

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.

 

Can I use my hose / watering can / bucket?

Yes. You can water your garden or lawn, or wash your car, with a watering can or bucket at any time, any day, without restriction.

You can also use a hose, provided it is fitted with a trigger nozzle and does not leak.

 

I have a water feature. Can I use it?

Yes, if it re-circulates water (almost all of them do).

You can top it up if it gets low.

  

I want to wash my car. What are my options?

Very few restrictions apply to car washing. You can:

  • take it to a commercial carwash
  • wash it yourself using a high pressure water cleaner
  • wash it yourself using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • wash it yourself using a bucket or watering can.

 

Can I fill or top up my swimming pool / spa?

Yes. There are no restrictions on domestic pools or spas.

 

Are we still under water restrictions? When will they end?

Yes and no. The Permanent Water Saving Plan is a set of commonsense rules to save water. These rules do restrict water use, so can be thought of as a simple form of restrictions. The Plan is also enforceable under law.

However, unlike staged (numbered) water restrictions, the Permanent Water Saving Plan is in place permanently: every day of the year.

 

I have a rainwater tank. What restrictions apply to the water in it?

The Permanent Water Saving Plan applies only to drinking water.

There are no restrictions on water you harvest in rainwater tanks.

 

I have a greywater diverter from my washing machine. What restrictions apply?

No restrictions apply to greywater (or recycled water).

 

Why can I only water at night / early morning?

Watering late in the evening and early in the morning is the most effective time to water. Evaporation is low, and water is much more likely to get to plant roots. Watering in the middle of the day is inefficient.

  

Can I hose down my driveway / footpath / deck?

Yes, if you need to clean up after an accident, fire, or construction work; or for health or safety reasons.

You can also wash-down hard surfaces once a year to prevent or remove staining.

For instance, you can use a high pressure water cleaner or a hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle) to:

  • remove slippery mud from your footpath
  • remove a fresh paint stain from your driveway
  • clean up after construction work.

You can not use a hose to:

  • clean up leaves from your footpath
  • wash dirt off your driveway
  • clean dust off your deck.

 

Can I use a hose to wash my windows?

Yes, there are no restrictions on washing windows. 

  

What if I break the rules? Are there fines?

We have authorised water officers that 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).

The Permanent Water Saving Plan is enforced under the Water Act.

Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel: penalty and fee units

 

What if I see someone else doing the wrong thing?

If you witness a breach of the Permanent Water Savings Plan, you can contact us with the details. An authorised water officer will investigate and follow up.