Permanent water saving rules

Permanent water saving rules are a set of common sense rules that are applied every day of the year to ensure we use water efficiently.

They are designed to allow flexibility and choice regarding your water usage, especially through the warmer months.

The key permanent water saving rules are:






Can be cleaned at any time with:

  • a hand held hose that is leak free and fitted with a trigger nozzle; or
  • a bucket

Hand-held hose

Water using a hand held hose anytime if it:

  • is fitted with a trigger nozzle; and
  • is leak-free.

Gardens and lawns

Water a commercial garden or lawn using:

  • with a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can at any time; or
  • by means of a watering system between the hours of 6.00 pm-10.00 am on any day.

Public gardens and lawns and playing surfaces

A public garden or lawn area or a playing surface cannot be watered except:

  • with a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can at any time; or
  • by means of a watering system fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor  between the hours of 6 pm - 10 am on any day; or
  • in accordance with an approved Water Use Plan.

Fountains and water features

Water can be used in a fountain or a water feature if the fountain or water feature recirculates the water. 

Hard surfaces

Water can be used to clean hard surfaces (including, driveways, paths, concrete, tiles, timber decking) if:

  • cleaning is required as a result of an accident, fire, health hazard, safety hazard or other emergency; or
  • staining to the surface has developed and then only once a season; or
  • due to construction or renovation,

and then only using:

  • a high pressure water cleaning device;
  • or a hand-held hose or a bucket.


While Permanent Water Saving Rules won't prevent the need for water restrictions during major drought periods, they will help to stop water wastage and encourage all of us to value this precious resource for the long term.