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 wateredÂ at any time, on any dayÂ 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 fromÂ 6pm to 10am, on any day|
|At home||Cars may be washedÂ at homeÂ with the following methodsÂ at any time, on any day:
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.
- Drought response plan – Melbourne Water
- Drought response plan – Yarra Valley Water
- Drought response plan – City West Water
- Drought response plan – South East Water