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Stage 1 water restrictionsEdit

Residential gardens and lawnsEdit

Manual watering

Manual watering systems can be used as required between 6am–8am and 8pm–10pm on alternate days.*

Automatic watering

Automatic watering systems can only be used as required between midnight-4am on alternate days.*

  • Alternate days means odd numbered houses can water on odd dates of the month and even numbered houses can water on even numbered days. For example if you live at 45 Park Street, you can only use your watering system on the 1st, 3rd, 5th etc…of the month. Both odd and even numbered houses can water on the 31st of the month. Where there is no house number the property is considered an even numbered house.

Hand-held hoses

Hand-held hoses with a trigger nozzle, watering cans, and buckets can be used as required at any time.

Vehicle washingEdit

A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle can be used to pre-rinse and rinse only. A high-pressure water cleaning device and commercial car wash can be used. A bucket filled with a hand-held hose fitted with trigger nozzle or directly from a tap can be used.

Pools and spasEdit

Before filling a new or existing pool or spa of 2000 litres capacity or more, owners must submit a water conservation plan and have it approved by their local water business. This plan must show that the volume of water required to fill the pool or spa will be, or has been, offset by water saved around the home. Only a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can may be used to top up an existing pool or spa. To fill or top up a new or existing pool or spa with a capacity of 2,000 litres or less, a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can or a bucket must be used.

Stage 2 water restrictionsEdit

LawnsEdit

Lawns cannot be watered at any time.

Residential gardensEdit

Manual watering

Manual watering systems can be used as required between 6am-8am and 8pm-10pm on alternate days.*

Automatic watering

Automatic watering systems can be used as required between midnight–4am on alternate days.*

  • Alternate days mean odd numbered houses can water on odd dates and even numbered houses can water on even dates.

Hand-held hoses

Hand-held hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering cans and buckets can be used as required at anytime.

Vehicle washingEdit

Hand-held hoses cannot be used for vehicle washing. A bucket, high-pressure cleaning device or commercial car wash can be used.

Pools and spasEdit

Before filling a new or existing pool or spa of 2000 litres capacity or more, owners must submit a water conservation plan and have it approved by their local water business. This plan must show that the volume of water required to fill the pool or spa will be, or has been, offset by water saved around the home. A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or a bucket can be used to top up an existing pool or spa. To fill or top up a new or existing pool or spa with a capacity 2000 litres or less, a handheld hose with a trigger nozzle, a watering can or a bucket must be used.


Stage 3 water restrictionsEdit

LawnsEdit

Lawns cannot be watered at any time.

Residential gardensEdit

Manual watering

A manual dripper system, a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering cans and buckets can be used as required between 6am–8am and 8pm–10pm*.

Automatic watering

An automatic dripper system can be used as required between midnight-4am*.

  • Even numbered houses can water on Saturday and Tuesday; odd numbered can water on Sunday and Wednesday.
  • Watering is not permitted on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Vehicle washingEdit

Hand-held hoses and high-pressure water cleaners cannot be used any time for vehicle washing. A bucket filled from a tap can be used to clean windows, mirrors and lights; and spot-remove corrosive substances. A commercial car wash can be used.

Pools and spasEdit

A new pool or spa of any size capacity cannot be filled with drinking water. However, a new or existing swimming pool or spa maybe filled with an alternative source of water such as groundwater.

An existing pool or spa of less than 2,000 litres may be filled by means of a watering can or bucket filled directly from a tap.

An existing pool or spa of greater than 2,000 litres can be filled in accordance with a water conservation plan (contact your local water business for more information). An existing pool or spa can be topped up with a watering can or bucket, filled directly from a tap (not by means of a hose).


Stage 3a water restrictionsEdit

LawnsEdit

Lawns cannot be watered at any time.

Residential gardensEdit

Manual watering

A manual dripper system, a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering cans and buckets can be used as required between 6am - 8am*.

Households with at least one resident aged 70 years or over may water their gardens manually as required between 6am - 8am or 8am - 10am.

Automatic watering

An automatic dripper system can be used as required between midnight-2am*.

  • Even numbered houses can water on Saturday and Tuesday; odd numbered can water on Sunday and Wednesday.
  • Watering is not permitted on Monday, Thursday and Friday

Vehicle washingEdit

An efficient commercial car wash that uses 70 litres of water or less per vehicle can be used. A bucket filled from a tap can be used to clean windows, mirrors and lights; and spot-remove corrosive substances.

Pools and spasEdit

A new pool or spa of any size capacity cannot be filled with drinking water. However, a new or existing swimming pool or spa maybe filled with an alternative source of water such as groundwater.

An existing pool or spa of less than 2,000 litres may be filled by means of a watering can or bucket filled directly from a tap.

An existing pool or spa of greater than 2,000 litres must not be filled except in accordance with a water conservation plan (contact you local water business for more information). An existing pool or spa must not be topped up except by means of a watering can or bucket, filled directly from a tap (not by means of a hose).

Stage 4 water restrictionsEdit

Lawns and gardensEdit

Lawns and gardens cannot be watered at any time.

Vehicle washingEdit

A vehicle may only be washed for health and safety reasons. A bucket filled from a tap can be used to clean windows, mirrors and lights; and spot-remove corrosive substances. This also applies to commercial car washes.

Pools and spasEdit

New pools or spa of any size capacity cannot be filled with drinking water. However, a new or existing swimming pool or spa maybe filled with an alternative source of water such as groundwater.

An existing pool or spa of less than 2,000 litres capacity may be filled by means of a watering can or bucket filled directly from a tap (and not by means of a hand-held hose).

An existing pool or spa of greater than 2,000 litres must not be filled except in accordance with a water conservation plan (contact you local water business for more information).

An existing pool or spa must not be topped up except by means of a watering can or bucket, filled directly from a tap (not by means of a hose).

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