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Permanent Water Saving Rules

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 area previously serviced by Western Water. 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 Greater Western Water.

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.


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

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 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.

Exemptions

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 FORM(250KB)

GARDEN OF SIGNIFICANCE - WATER USE PLAN APPLICATION(301KB)

SPORTS GROUNDS- WATER USE PLAN APPLICATION(415KB)

FACT SHEET: SPORTS GROUNDS(251KB)

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 Greater 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.

Greater Western Water may also restrict your water supply in accordance with provisions of the Water Act 1989.

Detailed information