Water Restrictions

From 1 December 2012, Stage 1 water restrictions will be lifted and permanent water use rules will remain in place.

Here’s a summary of what that means for households.

What permanent water use rules mean

Residential and commercial gardens and lawns
Hand watering Gardens and lawns can be watered at any time, on any day using a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
Watering systems Watering systems (manual, automatic, spray or dripper) can be used to water gardens and lawns from 6pm to 10am, on any day
Car washing
At home Cars may be washed at home with the following methods at any time, on any day:

  • High pressure cleaning unit
  • Hand held hose fitted with a trigger-nozzle
  • Watering can
  • Bucket

Water Outlook

Each year, Melbourne Water and the water retailers collaborate to produce a snapshot of water supply and demand in Melbourne for the coming 12 months called Water Outlook. Published by 1 December each year, Water Outlook includes information on water storages, water use and information about forecasted weather patterns and rainfall. Further details can be found in the retailers’ drought response plans.