Permanent Water Saving Rules 2019

What are Permanent Water Saving Rules? (PWSR)

Permanent water saving rules (PWSR), are a set of common sense rules that apply every day of the year to ensure we all use water efficiently.

Please note: Permanent Water Saving Rules will not prevent the need for Water Restrictions during periods of drought. For information about Water Restrictions visit:

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.