Normal water use
This is how we use water over spring and winter, when there are no water restrictions or conservation measures in place.
Summer water use
A voluntary measure where we encourage people to use water as though we’re in level 1 water restrictions to try and help remove, or delay the need for mandatory restrictions.
We suggest you only use use water outside between 7pm and 9pm, every second day. The day you choose should be based on the number on your letterbox: even numbered houses water on even dates, and odd numbered houses on odd dates.
Level 1 restrictions: Unattended water use evenings only, every second day
We encourage people to minimise water use. Unattended hoses, sprinklers, and garden irrigation systems can only be used between 7pm and 9pm: even houses on even days, and odd houses on odd days. Handheld hoses can be used at any time.
Level 2 restrictions: Unattended water use prohibited
Unattended hoses, sprinklers, and garden irrigation systems cannot be used at all. Handheld hoses can be used between 7pm and 9pm: even numbered houses on even dates, and odd numbered houses on odd dates.
Commercial activities requiring hoses aren't restricted but we encourage operators to minimise water use or reschedule the work until the restrictions are lifted.
Level 3 restrictions: All outdoor water use prohibited
Unattended hoses, sprinklers, garden irrigation systems and handheld hoses or watering cans cannot be used in your garden. Car washing, household maintenance and outdoor washing by handheld hose are also prohibited. Filling swimming pools, spa pools and paddling pools is prohibited.
Commercial activities requiring water use via hoses may only be carried out with the permission of Council.
Essential water use only
This is only be used in a severe water shortage, or if we have a burst water main and need to do urgent repairs. We provide guidance at the time about what water use is acceptable.