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Permanent Water Saving Rules 

Permanent Water Saving Rules apply to all towns in the Western Water service area.

Permanent Water Saving Rules are designed to reflect the value that the community places on water. They set out common sense rules that encourage the efficient use of water to avoid wasting this precious resource.

Permanent Water Saving Rules apply only to the use of drinking water supplied by Western Water. They do not apply to the use of spring or bore water, recycled water, grey water, or rainwater collected in a storage tank that is not supplemented by Western Water supply.

Gardens and Lawns (Residential and commercial)
  • A watering can, a bucket or a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle can be used at any time.
  • Watering systems, including sprinklers, can be used between 6:00pm and 10:00am.
Vehicles
  • A bucket, a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or a high pressure cleaning device can be used at any time.
    Fountains and Water Features
    • Must recirculate water.
    Hard Surfaces

A high pressure cleaning device, a bucket or a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle may be used:

  • In response to an accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency
  • To clean staining on a surface once per season (i.e. summer, autumn, winter and spring)
  • In the course of construction or renovations.
    Public Gardens and Lawns
  • A watering can, a bucket or a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle can be used at any time.
  • Watering systems can be used between 6:00pm and 10:00am but must be fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor.
    Swimming Pools and Spas
    • Swimming pools and spas may be topped up or filled.
Exemptions

Installing new grass? Consider a 28-day exemption through the Warm Season Grass website. Warm season grass varieties such as Couch, Buffalo and Kikuyu are eligible.

Sportsgrounds, gardens of significance or people who believe they will be adversely affected by Permanent Water Saving Rules may apply for an exemption:

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