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Permanent water saving rules

Permanent water saving rules are a set of common sense rules that are applied every day of the year to ensure we use water efficiently.

They are designed to allow flexibility and choice regarding your water usage, especially through the warmer months.

The key permanent water saving rules are:





Can be cleaned at any time with:

  • a hand held hose that is leak free and fitted with a trigger nozzle; or
  • a bucket

Hand-held hose

Water using a hand held hose anytime if it:

  • is fitted with a trigger nozzle; and
  • is leak free.

Gardens and lawns

Water a residential garden or lawn using:

  • a hand held hose, bucket or watering can at any time; or
  • a watering system between the hours of 6.00pm-10.00 am on any day.

Fountains and water features

Water can be used in a fountain or a water feature if the fountain or water feature recirculates the water. 

Hard surfaces

Water can be used to clean driveways, paths, concrete, tiles and timber decking if:

  • cleaning is required as a result of an accident, fire, health hazard, safety hazard or other emergency; or
  • staining to the surface has developed and then only once a season; or
  • due to construction or renovation,

and then only using:

  • a high pressure water cleaning device;
  • or a hand held hose or a bucket.

While Permanent Water Saving Rules won't prevent the need for water restrictions during major drought periods, they will help to stop water wastage and encourage all of us to value this precious resource for the long term.