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Water restrictions

Current level: 3

We are currently on Level 3 water restrictions and will move to Level 4 water restrictions on Tuesday 28 January.

For residents and visitors


  • Sprinklers, micro-spray systems, unattended hoses and drip irrigation systems
  • Washing hard surfaces (such as houses, paths, driveways and patios)
  • Filling new swimming pools or external spas
  • Boat engine flushing at Council facilities
  • Washing watercraft, trailers or vehicles at boat ramps (prohibited at all times)


Watering gardens and lawns:

  • one hand-held hose at a time
  • maximum of 60 minutes per day
  • between either 6-8am or 6-8pm

Washing private vehicles (cars, boats, bikes and trailers):

  • on grass areas using buckets
  • final rinse with a trigger nozzle hose
  • between either 6-8am or 6-8pm

Boat engine flushing:

  • on grass areas

Fish cleaning at Council facilities:

  • rinse fish and cleaning tables with bucketed salt water only

Private swimming pools and external spas (existing):

  • top up only permitted where covers are fitted
  • top up using a hand-held hose between either 6-8am or 6-8pm for maximum 60 minutes per day
  • cover when not in use

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:

Variations for businesses and organisations

All businesses:

  • washing hard surfaces (buildings, paths, driveways, parking areas, etc) is banned

Caravan parks, motels and other accommodation houses:

  • one hand-held hose up to 60 minutes per day between 6-8am or 6-8pm for all outdoor water use

Sporting grounds:

  • irrigate only enough to avoid loss of playing surface

Bowling greens, turf wickets and golf club greens:

  • one hand-held trigger nozzle hose between 6-8am
  • sprinklers on greens only one day per week between 8pm and 8am

Public or commercial swimming pools:

  • one hand-held hose for grass areas within the pool enclosure up to 60 minutes per day between 6-8am or 6-8pm
  • top up pools as required

Schools and day care centres:

  • Watering gardens and lawns
    • one hand-held hose or one drip-irrigation system up to 60 minutes per day between 6-8am or 6-8pm
    • only water sportsgrounds enough to avoid loss of playing surface
    • micro-spray, drip irrigation systems and unattended hoses are not permitted

Commercial market gardens and nurseries:

  • sprinklers permitted up to two hours per day between 8pm and 8am

Car yards, public passenger bus services, taxi companies:

  • wash vehicles using buckets and final rinse with a trigger nozzle hose between 6-8am or 6-8pm

Commercial car wash:

  • no conditions apply

Commercial window and building washing:

  • must use trigger nozzle hoses or high pressure cleaners
  • use recycled or bore water where possible

Businesses using Council marine facilities:

  • boat engine flushing allowed
  • rinse fish and cleaning tables with bucketed salt water only
  • washing watercraft, trailers and vehicles is prohibited

Commercial building construction and related activities:

  • use trigger nozzle hoses only
  • limit water use

Road construction and maintenance:

  • do not draw from domestic water reticulation, including overhead fillers

Heavy vehicle and machinery cleaning:

  • Council vehicles to be cleaned using recycled water at treatment plants

Emergency services:

  • water-filling stations will remain available to emergency services at all times

How water restriction levels are determined

Eurobodalla enjoys a healthy water supply most of the time, however, when river flows reduce during drought conditions the level of our water storage in Deep Creek Dam also drops.

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 2017 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, we will carefully monitor its levels and will introduce different water restrictions in accordance with dam level triggers. The General Manager or Director Infrastructure Services may vary the adopted trigger levels after taking into account seasonal water demand variations, river flows and the medium or long-term weather forecast. The severity of the restrictions will increase as the water level drops in the dam.

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