Low, medium, high & extreme water restriction details

We have a four tier system of water restrictions;

  1. Low (formally known as 'permanent conservation measures')
  2. Medium level
  3. High level
  4. 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.

Water restriction levels

Water use

Extreme level

High level

Medium level

Low level (permanent conservation measures)

Target 140 litres/person/day 170 litres/person/day 200 litres/person/day 200 litres/person/day

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

4.30pm to 5.30pm (Winter)
5.30 to 6.30 (Summer)
Saturday (odd)
Sunday (even)

4.30pm to 5.30pm (Winter)
5.30 to 6.30 (Summer)
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday (odd)
Wednesday, Friday & 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)

4.30pm to 5.30pm (Winter)
5.30 to 6.30 (Summer)
Tues-Thurs-Sat (odd)
Wed-Fri-Sun (even)

Not applicable

Garden watering – efficient sprinkler or irrigation system

Not Permitted

4.30pm to 5.30pm (Winter)
5.30 to 6.30 (Summer)
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday (odd)
Wednesday, Friday & 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 on day of establishment

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

Not permitted except where written approval has been obtained from Council or water has been sourced from an alternate location with written receipts.

Permitted

Swimming pools – topping up

Between 4pm and 7pm,
Tues-Thurs-Sat (odd)
Wed-Fri-Sun (even)

Between 4pm and 7pm,
Tues-Thurs-Sat (odd)
Wed-Fri-Sun (even)

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

Permitted

Vehicle washing – bucket

Permitted – Windows, mirrors, lights & number plates only

Permitted

Vehicle washing – hose or high pressure spray

Not permitted

Half an hour per week

4.30pm to 5.30pm (Winter)
5.30 to 6.30 (Summer)
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday (odd)
Wednesday, Friday & Sunday (even)

Permitted

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

Not permitted

Half an hour per week

4.30pm to 5.30pm (Winter)
5.30 to 6.30 (Summer)
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday (odd)
Wednesday, Friday & 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

Before purchasing or using watering devices, please check to make sure the devices meet efficient irrigation guidelines

Last Updated: Monday, 17 June 2019 13:54
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