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.
Gardens and lawns
Applies to private gardens, public gardens, sports grounds/recreational areas:
- Use a hand-held hose with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket to water gardens or
lawns at any time, any day.
- A sprinkler, micro spray, drip system or any other watering system can only be used
before 10am and after 5pm — use the Odds and Evens part of the control system.
A manual watering system must not be used, except between 6pm and 10am on any day of the week.
No restriction applies to using a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering-can or a bucket, at any time.
Public Gardens (including lawns) and Sports Grounds / Recreational Areas
An automatic watering system:
(i) must not be used, except between 8pm and 10am on any day of the week; and
(ii) which has been installed on or after 1 November 2006, must not be used, unless it is fitted with either a rain sensor, soil moisture sensor, evapotranspiration device, weather station or equivalent device, as part of the control system
A manual watering system must not be used, except between 8pm and 10am on any day of the week.
No restriction applies to using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering-can or a bucket, at any time.
A fountain which does not re-circulate water must not be operated.
No restriction applies to topping up a fountain at any time, provided that no more water than is necessary for that purpose is used.
Wholesale, Retail and Municipal Garden Nurseries
No restriction or prohibition applies to watering of plants of any description (including vegetables).
Vehicle Cleaning (All vehicles)
A hand held hose must not be used at any time to clean a vehicle unless it is fitted with a trigger nozzle.
Boat motors can be flushed with a hose in accordance with the manufacturer’s advice.
No restriction applies to using a bucket.
Paved Areas – Cleaning
A paved area must not be cleaned with water from a hose unless cleaning is required as a result of:
(i) an accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency;
(ii) an identifiable safety hazard that has developed and a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or a high pressure water cleaning device is used;
(iii) staining to the surface that has developed, and a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or a high pressure water cleaning device is used, and then only once per season;
(iv) construction or renovation work to the surface and a high pressure water cleaning device is used.
A hose must not be used unless it is:
(i) fitted with a trigger nozzle; and
(ii) is in good condition and does not leak.
A pool or spa with a capacity of 2,000 litres or greater must not be filled for the first time unless:
(i) an application which includes details of measures that have been, or will be, undertaken to provide water savings to offset the volume used in filling, has be lodged with East Gippsland Water; and
(ii) the application has been approved by East Gippsland Water, subject to such conditions as it may impose; and
(iii) every such condition is complied with.