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Water Restrictions

Level 1 water restrictions are in force in Eurobodalla from 20 October 2018

Flows in the Deua and Tuross Rivers have all but ceased. The community is now relying solely on the water storage at Deep Creek Dam.

To help conserve Eurobodalla’s water supply during drought conditions, level 2 water restrictions apply from Saturday 1 December 2018 until further notice.

Water restrictions are enforceable and apply to all Eurobodalla water users, including residents, visitors, and commercial and public services.

Level 2 restrictions for residents and visitors


  • Fixed sprinklers, micro-spray systems, and unattended hoses: banned.
  • Washing hard surfaces (such as paths, driveways, decks, patios, parking areas): banned.
  • Washing boats, cars or trailers at boat ramp facilities: banned.


  • Use one hand-held hose, or one drip-irrigation system, for all outdoor water use between 6-8am OR 6-8pm.
  • Top up private swimming pools and external spas with one hand-held hose between 6-8am OR 6-8pm. Please cover when not in use.
  • Wash private vehicles (cars, boats, bikes and trailers) on grass using buckets between 6-8am OR 6-8pm. A final rinse with a trigger-nozzle hose is allowed.
  • Flush boat motors on grass areas, at any time.
  • Use facilities at boat ramps to clean fish and tables, and to flush boat motors. Washing boats, cars or trailers at these facilities is prohibited.

Water restrictions for residents and visitors relate to outdoor water use only. If you're eager to save as much water as possible, take a look at our water-saving tips for ideas:

Level 2 variations for commercial, industrial and public services

Eurobodalla businesses and services must follow all level 2 water restrictions, with these variations for specific business types:

  • All businesses: washing hard surfaces (such as paths, driveways, parking areas) is banned.
  • Caravan parks, motels and other accommodation houses: use one hand-held hose for all outdoor water use between 6-8am OR 6-8pm.
  • Sporting grounds: limit sprinkler use to playing surfaces only between 5pm and 10am.
  • Commercial market gardens and nurseries: sprinkler systems permitted between 6-8am and 6-8pm.
  • Bowling greens, turf wickets and golf club greens: sprinkler systems permitted between 8pm and 8am.
  • Public or commercial swimming pools: use one hand-held hose for grass areas within pool enclosure between 6-8am OR 6-8pm. Top up pools as required.
  • Businesses such as car yards, public passenger bus services, taxi companies: wash vehicles using buckets between 6-8am OR 6-8pm. A final rinse with a trigger-nozzle hose is allowed.
  • Businesses that use boat ramps and public fishing tables: motor flushing allowed. Boat, car or trailer washing is prohibited at boat ramps.
  • Schools and day care centres:
    • one hand-held hose or one drip-irrigation system for all outdoor use can be used between 6-8am OR 6-8pm.
    • limit sprinkler use to sports ground playing surfaces only between 5pm and 10pm.
    • micro-spray systems and unattended hoses: banned.
  • Road construction and maintenance: water-filling stations available for Council works where bore water or recycled effluent water is not available.
  • Heavy vehicle and machinery cleaning: Council vehicles to be cleaned using recycled water at treatment plants.
  • Commercial window and building washing: no restrictions.
  • Commercial building construction and related activities: no restrictions.
  • Emergency services: no restrictions apply to emergency services at any level of water restrictions.

How water restriction levels are determined

Eurobodalla enjoys a healthy water supply most of the time. However, there are times when a lack of rainfall or drought conditions reduce river flows and the level of our backup water storage in Deep Creek Dam.

Clause 137 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 allows for restrictions to be imposed if Council deems it necessary. Council’s Water Restrictions Policy 2013 works in accordance with the Eurobodalla Water Supply Drought Management Plan, which was developed by Council and NSW Public Works in accordance with the NSW Government Best Practice Guideline.

During times when Eurobodalla is relying solely on Deep Creek Dam for its water supply, Council will carefully monitor its levels and will introduce different water restrictions in accordance with dam level triggers. The severity of the restrictions will increase as the water level drops in the dam. The General Manager or Director Infrastructure Services may vary the adopted trigger levels after taking into account seasonal water demand variations and the medium or long-term weather forecast.

We will let the community know about changes to the level of water restrictions through local newspapers, radio, social media, Council newsletters, signage throughout Eurobodalla, and on this web page. Water restrictions are enforceable and are apply to all water users in the Eurobodalla Shire, including residents, visitors and businesses.