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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Stage 2

Agency name:
Barwon Water
Web address:
Description summary:

Lawns
•Lawns may not be watered at any time.
•However, you can water new drought resistant turf or warm season grasses for 28 days after lodging an exemption request.

Gardens
•Gardens can be watered with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket at any time, on any day.
•You can use a watering system between 6 am — 8 am and 6 pm — 8 pm on alternate days (see below).

Alternate watering days (odds and evens)
•If you live in a house with an odd street number you may only water on dates with odd numbers (e.g. 3 June).
•If you live in a house with an even street number you may only water on dates with even numbers (e.g. 4 June).
•If you live in a house with no street number, follow the evens system, above.
•All residents can water on the 31st day of the month.

Paved areas, hard surfaces, windows and façades
•You may not use water to clean driveways, paths, timber decking, concrete, other paved areas, windows or building façades except in cases of emergency or where a safety hazard exists.
•A high-pressure water cleaner may be used for construction or renovation works.

Fountains and water features
•Fountains and water features may not be filled or topped-up, but can operate if they recirculate water.

Cars, boats and other vehicles
•Vehicles can be cleaned at home using a high pressure hose, watering can or bucket filled directly from a tap.
•You may also clean vehicles at a commercial car wash.
•Boat motors can be flushed using a container filled by a hand-held hose or a flushing device connected to a hose.

Pools and spas
•Pools and spas may be filled or topped-up with a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can between 6 am — 8 am and 6 pm — 8 pm on alternate days, or with an automatic top-up system in accordance with a Water Use Plan approved by Barwon Water.

Ponds and lakes
•A new pond or lake may not be filled.
•An existing pond or lake may only be topped-up if it sustains aquatic or bird life, and then only as approved by Barwon Water.

Dams and tanks
•Dams and tanks may not be filled or topped-up without written permission from Barwon Water, unless necessary for domestic purposes, fire fighting, public health or safety of stock.

Water toys
•Water toys that use a hose and running water cannot be used at any time.