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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Ballarat and District

Agency name:
Central Highlands Water
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Area description:

The Ballarat and district water supply is the largest system in the central highlands region, providing water services to 97,000 residents. The water is supplied via the White Swan Reservoir, Lal Lal Reservoir, the Ballarat West Groundwater Bore and the Goldfields Superpipe.

Townships served include:

Alfredton, Ballan, Ballarat, Ballarat East, Ballarat North, Ballarat South, Black Hill, Brown Hill, Bungaree, Buninyong, Cambrian Hill, Canadian, Localities, Cardigan Village, Carngham, Corindhap, Creswick, Delacombe, Dereel, Enfield, Eureka, Flagstaff Hill, Golden Point, Gordon, Haddon, Invermay, Linton, Little Bendigo, Magpie, Miners Rest, Mitchell Park, Mt Clear, Mt Egerton, Mt Helen, Mt Pleasant, Mt Rowan, Napoleons, Nerrina, Nintingbool, Pittong, Redan, Rokewood, Ross Creek, Rowsley, Scarsdale, Sebastopol, Skipton, Smythes Creek, Smythesdale, Snake Valley, Soldiers Hill, Yendon, Wallace, Warrenheip, Wendouree, Wendouree West, Windermere, Woodman’s Hill

Current Restriction

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Restriction type:
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Description summary:

Permanent water saving rules are a set of common sense rules to ensure we use water efficiently and allow flexibly in when and how we use water. They are designed to ensure customers use water sensibly and avoid waste. The key permanent water saving rules are:

Hand-held hose:

- Water using a hand-held hose only if it is fitted with a trigger nozzle; and is leak-free.

Gardens and lawns:

- Only water a residential garden or lawn using:

- a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can at any time; or

- a watering system between the hours of 6 pm-10 am on any day.

Fountains and water features:

- Water can be used in a fountain or a water feature if the fountain or water feature recirculates the water.

Hard surfaces:

- Water can be used to clean driveways, paths, concrete, tiles and timber decking only if:

- cleaning is required as a result of an accident, fire, health hazard, safety hazard or other emergency; or

- staining to the surface has developed and then only once a season; or

- due to construction or renovation,

and then only using:

- a high pressure water cleaning device;

- or a hand-held hose or a bucket.