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Water restrictions

Current level: 4

Level 4 water restrictions came into effect on 28 January 2020.

For residents and visitors

All outdoor water use is banned, except:

  • watering gardens with watering cans or buckets
  • washing and rinsing private vehicles on grass with buckets only between 6-8am or 6-8pm
  • flushing boat motors on grass areas only

What does this mean?

  • all hoses, sprinklers, micro-spray systems and drip irrigation systems are banned
  • washing hard surfaces such as houses, paths, driveways, patios, decks is banned
  • filling new or topping up private swimming pools or external spas is banned

Note: washing watercraft, trailers or vehicles at boat ramps is banned at all times.

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:

For businesses and organisations


  • washing hard surfaces including buildings, paths, driveways, parking areas, patios, decks
  • all outdoor watering including hand-held hoses, micro-spray systems and sprinklers/fixed sprinklers (variations apply for specific business and service types)
  • washing watercraft, trailers or vehicles at boat ramps is banned at all times

Eurobodalla businesses and organisations must follow level 4 water restrictions, with these variations for specific business types:

Public or commercial swimming pools, including indoor swimming pools:

  • top up pools as required. Watering grass is banned.

Sporting grounds:

  • outdoor water use is banned

Bowling greens, turf wickets and golf club greens:

  • one hand-held trigger nozzle hose up to 60 minutes use per day between 6-8am
  • sprinklers on greens only one day per week between 8pm-8am

Commercial market gardens and nurseries:

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

Caravan parks, motels and other accommodation houses:

  • outdoor water use is banned

Car yards, public passenger bus services, taxi companies etc:

  • wash vehicles with a high-pressure cleaner in designated bays only

Commercial window and building washing:

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

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

Businesses that use boat ramps and public fishing tables:

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

Schools and day care centres:

  • watering gardens and lawns with buckets/ watering cans only
  • micro-spray, drip irrigation systems and hoses are banned
  • watering sporting fields is banned

Emergency services:

  • no restrictions

Commercial car wash:

  • no restrictions - see FAQ

More information

For more information about water restrictions visit Council's Water and sewer page or phone 1800 441 070.

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.