Water Restrictions

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Water Restrictions website provides access to current water restrictions information for the whole of Australia. Water restrictions information can be searched by State or Territory, water agency and restriction name. Water restriction names and rules vary throughout Australia due to local requirements.

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Greater Adelaide

Agency name:
SA Water
Area web address:
Area description:

Water Restrictions/Measures came into effect in 2003 for suburbs and towns in the Greater Adelaide region who are supplied by River Murray water and Myponga Reservoir. Certain areas of West Lakes, Whyalla and Port Pirie were subject to lesser restrictions due to soil contamination, lead and dust contaminations. As of 1 December 2010, Water Wise Measures replaced the lesser restrictions.

For further information on the water restrictions/measures for a particular region within South Australia, refer to the SA Water Website.

The Greater Adelaide area description is listed by postcodes.

5000, 5006, 5007, 5008, 5009

5010, 5011, 5012, 5013, 5014, 5015,

5016, 5017, 5018, 5019, 5020, 5021, 5022

5023, 5024, 5025, 5031, 5032, 5033, 5034

5035, 5037, 5038, 5039, 5040, 5041, 5042

5043, 5044, 5045, 5046, 5047, 5048, 5049

5050, 5051, 5052, 5061, 5062, 5063, 5064

5065, 5066, 5067, 5068, 5069, 5070, 5072

5073, 5074, 5075, 5076, 5081, 5082, 5083

5084, 5085, 5086, 5087, 5088, 5089, 5090

5091, 5092, 5093, 5094, 5096, 5097, 5107

5108, 5109, 5110, 5112, 5113, 5114, 5115

5116, 5117, 5118, 5121, 5126, 5127, 5131

5133, 5139, 5152, 5154, 5155, 5156, 5157

5158, 5159, 5160, 5161, 5162, 5163, 5163

5164, 5165, 5166, 5167, 5168, 5169, 5170

5171, 5172, 5173, 5174, 5203, 5204, 5211

5212, 5214, 5231, 5232, 5233, 5234, 5235

5242, 5244, 5245, 5250, 5252, 5253, 5254

5255, 5256, 5259, 5261, 5265, 5267, 5273

5307, 5321, 5341, 5343, 5344, 5345, 5346

5351, 5353, 5357, 5360, 5372, 5373, 5374

5401, 5416, 5417, 5451, 5453, 5461, 5462

5464, 5471, 5472, 5473, 5480, 5482, 5490

5491, 5501, 5523, 5540, 5550, 5552, 5554

5555, 5556, 5558, 5560, 5570, 5571, 5572

5580, 5583, 5600, 5608, 5700, 5805, 5950


Current Restriction

Restriction name:
WWM
Restriction type:
Permanent
Start date:
01/12/2010
End date:
N/A
Restriction web address:
Description summary:

WATER WISE MEASURES

Domestic Gardens and Lawns

Watering is permitted at any time by hand (through a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, from a watering can or bucket) or through a drip feed irrigation system.

Sprinklers can be used on any day after 5pm and before 10am.

Children can play under the sprinkler or use water toys that attach to a hose at any time of the day as long as the sprinkler or toy is located on a grassed area or garden and is turned off when children are not playing under it.

Retail Garden Centres

Watering is permitted at any time by hand (through a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, from a watering can or bucket) or through a drip feed irrigation system. Sprinklers can be used on any day after 5.00pm and before 10.00am. On days which the maximum temperature is expected to exceed 30 degrees Celsius, sprinklers may be used between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.

Washing Cars and Boats

Water can be used to wash motor vehicles or a boat provided the water is applied:
• From a bucket or watering can
• By a high pressure, low volume water cleaner; or
• From a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
• At a commercial car wash

Driveways, Paths, Verandas and Entertaining Areas

The hosing down of external paved areas with water is permitted with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle only:
• To protect public health
• To ensure the safety of people using the area
• To ensure the health and welfare of animals using the area
• To deal with fire, accident or other emergency

Swimming pools

New pools can be filled with a swimming pool permit from SA Water. Before a permit is issued, we require proof of purchase of a Smart Approved WaterMark pool cover or liquid blanket with an auto doser or six months supply.

Construction Sites

Water can be used for dust suppression and compaction when it is applied from:
• A hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
• Directly from a motor vehicle designed and approved to carry/deposit water

Sports Grounds and Recreational Facilities

Sports grounds and recreational facilities can be watered under an Irrigation of Public Open Space (IPOS) permit as negotiated with SA Water.