Melbourne Water Restrictions 2012 > Current
From 1 December 2012, Melbourne will move to Permanent Water Use Rules (previously Stage 1 water restrictions).
These rules are in place at all times. Penalties apply to those who don't follow Permanent Water Saving Rules.
The five key Permanent Water Saving Rules are:
Residential and commercial gardens and lawns
A residential or commercial garden or lawn can be watered with a hand-held hose*, bucket or watering can at any time; or with a watering system between the hours of 6 pm - 10 am on any day.
* Water from a hand-held hose must not be used for any purpose (whether or not the use is subject to a permanent water saving rule) at any time unless the hose: is fitted with a trigger nozzle; and is leak-free.
Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces
A public garden or lawn area or a playing surface can be watered with a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can at any time; or by means of a watering system fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor between the hours of 6 pm - 10 am on any day; or in accordance with an approved Water Use Plan.
Fountains and water features
Water cannot be used in a fountain or a water feature unless the fountain or water feature recirculates the water.
Cleaning of hard surfaces
Water cannot be used to clean hard surfaces (including, driveways, paths, concrete, tiles, timber decking) except:
where cleaning is required as a result of an accident, fire, health hazard, safety hazard or other emergency; or
if staining to the surface has developed and then only once a season; or
in the course of construction or renovation,
and then only by means of:
a high pressure water cleaning device;
or if such a device is not available, a hand-held hose or a bucket.
You can wash your car, boat or other vehicle at home using a high pressure cleaning unit, a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or a bucket or watering can, at any time, any day of the week.
Permanent Water Saving Rules
The Permanent Water Saving Rules are uniform across Victoria (also referred to as Permanent Water Use Rules in Melbourne) and are entailed in each water corporation's Permanent Water Saving Plan. More information on these can be found on each water corporation's website.
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.
Melbourne water suppliers
City West Water 131 691 www.citywestwater.com.au
South East Water 131 694 www.southeastwater.com.au
Yarra Valley Water 131 721 www.yarravalleywater.com.au
Melbourne Water 131 722 www.melbournewater.com.au
To report a breach, call 13 WATER (13 92837).
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