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.
Towns within the Murray Mallee District who do not receive River Murray Water have been on Permanent Water Conservation Measures since 2003 and were not included in the various levels of water restrictions. The Permanent Water Conservation Measures were replaced by Water Wise Measures on 1 December 2010. For further information on restrictions/measures for a particular region within South Australia refer to the SA Water Website.
The Geographic description for the towns in the Murray Mallee District region are listed via postcodes;
5031, 5302, 5303, 5304.
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
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.
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.