Permanent Water Saving Rules are common sense rules that encourage the efficient use of water to avoid wasting this precious resource.
Permanent Water Saving Rules are designed to reflect the value that the community places on water.
The rules apply to all towns in the Western Water service region. They don't apply if you are using spring or bore water, recycled water, grey water or rainwater collected in a tank that is not supplemented by Western Water.
Fact Sheet: Permanent Water Saving Rules1MB
Gardens and lawns (residential and commercial)
- A watering can, bucket or 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.
Installing new grass? Consider a 28-day exemption to these rules through the Warm Season Grass website. Warm season grass varieties such as Couch, Buffalo and Kikuyu are eligible.
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
Fountains and water features must recirculate water.
A high pressure cleaning device, a bucket or a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle may only 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, bucket or 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. They must be fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor.
Swimming pools and spas
Swimming pools and spas may be topped up or filled at any time.
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.
Sports grounds, gardens of significance or people who believe they will be adversely affected by Permanent Water Saving Rules may apply for an exemption:
Exemption Application Form250KB
Garden of Significance - Water Use Plan Application301KB
Sports grounds- Water Use Plan Application415KB
Fact Sheet: Sports grounds251KB
Offences and penalties
Offences and penalties apply for breaches of water restrictions and Permanent Water Saving Rules.
If you do not comply with current water restrictions or Permanent Water Saving Rules, authorised Water Officers from Western Water can:
- give you an official warning
- issue an on-the-spot fine, called a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN), or
- seek to prosecute you in court for an offence.
Western Water may also restrict your water supply in accordance with provisions of the Water Act 1989.
The maximum penalties for individuals failing to comply with Permanent Water Saving Rules and/or water restrictions are available in the Permanent Water Saving Plan and Water Restrictions By-Law available for download on this page.
Permanent Water Saving Plan for Western Water190KB
Western Water's Water Restrictions By-Law297KB
Drought Preparedness Plan2MB