Level 2 water restrictions

For residents and visitors


  • Sprinklers, micro-spray systems, and unattended hoses
  • Washing hard surfaces such as houses, paths, driveways,decks, patios
  • Washing watercraft, trailers or vehicles at boat ramps is prohibited at all times


Watering gardens and lawns:

  • one hand-held hose or one drip-irrigation system at a time
  • only between 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

Facilities at boat ramps:

  • fish cleaning and boat engine flushing only

Private swimming pools and external spas (new and existing):

  • top up or fill using a hand-held hose between either 6-8am or 6-8pm
  • 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 commercial, industrial and public services

All businesses:

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

Caravan parks, motels and other accommodation houses:

  • one hand-held hose can be used between 6-8am or 6-8pm for all outdoor water use

Sporting grounds:

  • limit sprinkler use for playing surfaces only between 5pm and 10am

Bowling greens, turf wickets and golf club greens:

  • sprinklers permitted between 8pm and 8am

Public or commercial swimming pools:

  • one hand-held hose for grass areas within the pool enclosure 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 between 6-8am or 6-8pm
    • one drip-irrigation system fixed to one tap between 6-8am or 6-8pm, instead of a hand-held hose
    • moderate sprinkler use for sportsground playing surfaces between 5pm and 10am
    • micro-spray systems and unattended hoses are not permitted

Commercial market gardens and nurseries:

  • sprinklers permitted between 6-8am or 6-8pm

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:

  • no conditions apply

Commercial building construction and related activities:

  • no conditions apply

Road construction and maintenance:

  • water-filling stations are available to Council’s Works Division 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

Emergency services:

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