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Level 3 water restrictions

For residents and visitors

Banned:

  • Sprinklers, micro-spray systems, unattended hoses and drip irrigation systems
  • Washing hard surfaces such as houses, paths, driveways, decks 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)

Restricted:

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 high pressure cleaners

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