Water restrictions schedule

We have a 4 tier system of water restrictions; permanent conservation measures > medium level > high level > extreme level. Each level is 'triggered' when a water supply falls to a certain capacity. Information on what each of the levels mean is provided below

There are currently two water restriction levels active in the Toowoomba Region (medium and high). To find out what level of water restriction you are on, open the 'Current water restrictions' webpage.

 

Related information

Medium level water restrictions - summary of allowed watering times (for print)

Permanent conservation measures - summary of allowed watering times (for print)

 

Water restriction levels

Water Use

Extreme level

High level

Medium level

Permanent conservation measures

Garden watering – bucket

Between 4pm and 7pm,
Tues-Thurs-Sat (Odd)
Wed-Fri-Sun (Even)

Tues to Sunday
before 8am and after 4pm

Tues to Sunday
before 8am and after 4pm

Tues to Sunday
before 10am and after 4pm

Garden watering – hose with trigger or twist nozzle

Not Permitted

4pm to 4.30pm,
Saturday (Odd)
Sunday (Even)

4pm to 4.30pm,
Tuesday & Saturday (Odd)
Wednesday & Sunday (Even)

Tues to Sunday
before 10am and after 4pm

Garden watering – hosing concession
(over 70’s or disability)

4pm to 4.20pm,
Tuesday & Saturday (Odd)
Wednesday & Sunday (Even)

4pm to 4.30pm,
Tues-Thurs-Sat (Odd)
Wed-Fri-Sun (Even)

4pm to 4.30pm,
Tues-Thurs-Sat (Odd)
Wed-Fri-Sun (Even)

Tues to Sunday
before 10am and after 4pm
(concession not required)

Garden watering – efficient sprinkler or irrigation system

Not Permitted

4pm to 4.30pm,
Tuesday & Saturday (Odd)
Wednesday & Sunday (Even)

Tues to Sunday
before 10am and after 4pm

Lawn watering – efficient sprinkler or irrigation system

Not Permitted

Tues to Sunday
before 10am and after 4pm

Newly established gardens and lawns

1 hour daily (4-7am or 4-7pm) for 14 days after establishment (with hand-held hose)

1 hour daily (4-7am or 4-7pm) for 14 days after establishment (with hand-held hose)

1 hour daily (4-7am or 4-7pm) for 21 days after establishment (with hand-held hose)

At any time only on the day of establishment, and thereafter as for established gardens and lawns.

Swimming pools – filling

Not Permitted

Permitted

Swimming pools – topping up

Between 4pm and 7pm,
Tues-Thurs-Sat (Odd)
Wed-Fri-Sun (Even) AND only if water saving devices are fitted.

Between 4pm and 7pm,
Tues-Thurs-Sat (Odd)
Wed-Fri-Sun (Even) AND only if water saving devices are fitted.

Between 4pm and 7pm,
Tues-Thurs-Sat (Odd)
Wed-Fri-Sun (Even) AND only if water saving devices are fitted.

Permitted, only if water saving devices are fitted at the property.

Vehicle washing – bucket

Permitted – Windows & Mirrors

Permitted

Vehicle washing – hose or high pressure spray

Not Permitted

4pm to 4.30pm,
Saturday (Odd)
Sunday (Even)

4pm to 4.30pm,
Tuesday & Saturday (Odd)
Wednesday & Sunday (Even)

Permitted

Building washing and outdoor entertainment areas – hose or high pressure spray

Not Permitted

4pm to 4.30pm,
Saturday (Odd)
Sunday (Even)

4pm to 4.30pm,
Tuesday & Saturday (Odd)
Wednesday & Sunday (Even)

Permitted

Washing paved surfaces

Not Permitted.  However, reasonable actions may however be undertaken to address significant soiling of paved surfaces or to prevent material risks associated with an accident or hazard to health, safety or the environment at any time to the extent necessary to address the soiling or the risk to health, safety or the environment.

 

Business Users (>10ML/yr)

Must operate in accordance with a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) approved by Council.

Business Users (1-10ML/yr)

Must ensure that all taps, showerheads and trigger sprays are water-efficient.

Business Users: Nurseries, Cooling Towers, Irrigation Areas

Must operate in accordance with Water Conservation Plans approved by Council.

Mobile Commercial Operators: Washing External Surfaces, Pets or Vehicles

Must meet Council registration and training requirements, and operate in accordance with the relevant washing Guidelines.

Active Playing Surfaces: Local turfed and non-turfed, clubs, schools,

Must be operated in accordance with Council’s Active Playing Surfaces Guidelines.

 

Related information

Current water restrictions by town

Media release 17 September 2018 - Toowoomba Regional Council moves Regional Centres to immediate Medium Water Restrictions

Last Updated: Thursday, 17 January 2019 15:06
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