Permanent water saving rules (business)

Simple, common-sense rules apply every day of the year to conserve water now and for the future. 

There are no restrictions on watering plants at a retail plant nursery. 

Permanent water saving rules now apply in the following towns and suburbs: 

  • Aireys Inlet
  • Alvie
  • Anakie
  • Anglesea
  • Apollo Bay
  • Armstong Creek
  • Avalon
  • Balintore
  • Bamganie
  • Bannockburn
  • Barwon Heads
  • Batesford
  • Beeac
  • Bell Park
  • Bell Post Hill
  • Bellarine
  • Belbrae
  • Bells Beach
  • Belmont
  • Birregurra
  • Breakwater
  • Breamlea
  • Charlemont
  • Clifton Springs
  • Colac
  • Connewarre
  • Coragulac
  • Corio
  • Cororooke
  • Corunnun
  • Cressy
  • Curlewis
  • Drumcondra
  • Drysdale
  • Elliminyt
  • Eurack
  • Fairhaven
  • Forrest
  • Freshwater Creek
  • Fyansford
  • Geelong
  • Gellibrand
  • Gheringhap
  • Grovedale
  • Hamlyn Heights
  • Herne Hill
  • Highton
  • Indented Head
  • Inverleigh
  • Irrewarra
  • Jan Juc
  • Lara
  • Larpent
  • Leopold
  • Lethbridge
  • Little River
  • Lorne
  • Lovely Banks
  • Maniforld Heights
  • Mannerim
  • Marcus Hill
  • Marengo
  • Marshall
  • Maude
  • Meredith
  • Modewarre
  • Moolap
  • Moorabool
  • Morriac
  • Mount Duneed
  • Mount Moriac
  • Murgheboluc
  • Nalangil
  • Newcomb
  • Newtown
  • Norlane
  • North Shore
  • Ocean Grove
  • Ondit
  • Petticoat Creek
  • Pirron Yallock
  • Point Lonsdale
  • Point Wilson
  • Portarlington
  • Queenscliff
  • Rippleside
  • Russells Bridge
  • She Oaks
  • Shelford
  • Skenes Creek
  • St Albans Park
  • St Leonards
  • Staughton Vale
  • Sutherlands Creek
  • Swan Bay 
  • Teesdale
  • Thompson
  • Torquay
  • Wallington
  • Wandana Heights
  • Warncoort
  • Warrion
  • Waurn Ponds
  • Weering
  • Whittington
  • Whoorel
  • Winchelsea
  • Yeo

Permanent water saving rules apply to businesses supplied with drinking water.

The rules do not apply to greywater, tankwater, bore water or recycled water.

 

Hand-held hoses

All hand-held hoses must be fitted with trigger nozzles and be free of leaks.

 

Commercial gardens and lawns

You can water your business′ gardens and lawns with a hand-held hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle), watering can, or bucket at any time on any day.

You can also use a watering system before 10 am and after 6 pm on any day.

A “watering system” is any automatic or manually operated system of spinklers, drip irrigation, weep hoses, etc. Even a simple garden sprinkler connected to a tap is considered a “watering system” under the Permanent Water Saving Plan.

 

Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces

Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces (eg: sporting ovals, gold courses, bowing greens) can be watered:

  • with a hand-held hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle), a water can or bucket; or
  • using a watering system (fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor) before 10 am and after 6 pm on any day; or
  • in accordance with an approved Water Use Plan.

 

Fountain and water features

Fountains and water features can be used provided they recirculate water.

 

Paved areas and hard surfaces

You can use water to clean driveways, paths, timber decking, concrete or other hard surfaces, only:

  • if required as a result of an accident or fire
  • there is a health or safety hazard
  • if staining has developed (once a year)
  • during construction or renovation.

Use a high-pressure water cleaner if available. Otherwise, a hand-held hose or bucket can be used.

   


 

Variations and exemptions

If you wish to apply for a business variation or exemption please contact us.

  Permanent Water Saving Plan business exemption form PDF 117 KB

   


 

Penalties

The permanent water saving rules are enforced under the Water Act.

Penalties apply for breaches.

 


 

Frequently asked questions

What is a “high pressure water cleaning device”?
I have a fountain / water feature. Can I use it now?
I run a car dealership. How can I keep the cars clean? 
I work on a construction site. Can I hose down the paths / paving / scaffolding, etc.?
I own a plant nursery. When can I water my plants? 
I look after a bowling green / cricket pitch / football oval / golf course. When can I water?
I work 9 to 5. It's not convenient to use the sprinkler after 6 pm. What can I do? 
Can I use a hose to wash my windows? 
I have a rainwater tank / dam. What restrictions apply? 
I use bore water / grey water / recycled water. What restrictions apply?
So, are we still under water restrictions? When will they end?
What if I break the rules? Are there fines?
What if I see someone else doing the wrong thing? 

 

What is a “high pressure water cleaning device”?

A high pressure water cleaner is an electric- or petrol-powered device that connects to a hose and forces water out at high pressure for more effective cleaning.

The rate of delivery must be 9 litres per minute or less.

Popular brands include Gerni and Kärcher.

 

I have a fountain / water feature. Can I use it now?

Yes, if it re-circulates water (almost all of them do).

You can top it up if it gets low.

 

I run a car dealership. How can I keep the cars clean?

Mininimal restrictions apply to washing cars. You can wash your vehicles with:

  • a high pressure water cleaner, or
  • a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, or
  • a bucket / watering can.

You can also take your cars to a commercial carwash.

 

I work on a construction site. Can I hose down the paths / paving / scaffolding, etc.?

Yes, if you use a high-pressure water cleaner.

You can also use a hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle) if cleaning is required for health or safety reasons, to prevent staining, or in an emergency.

You may not use a hose for general cleaning, such as removing leaves (use a broom or blower instead).

All your hoses must be fitted with trigger nozzles, and be free of leaks.

  

I own a plant nursery. When can I water my plants?

Yes. Unlike private and business-owned gardens and lawns, no restrictions apply to watering plants or vegetables at wholesale, retail or municipal plant nurseries.

 

I look after a bowling green / cricket pitch / football oval / golf course. When can I water?

Sports grounds, and public gardens and lawns are subject to much the same restrictions as residential gardens and lawns.

You can use a watering system before 10 am and after 6 pm, on any day.

Note: your watering system must be fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor to prevent over-watering.

You can also use a hand-held hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle), watering can or bucket at any time on any day.

 

I work 9 to 5. It not convenient to use the sprinkler after 6 pm. What can I do?

We suggest purchasing a watering system that you can set to water overnight. These systems do not need to be expensive or complex (eg: a tap timer).

You can also water in the morning before 10 am.

 

Can I use a hose to wash my windows?

Yes. There are no restrictions that apply to washing windows.

 

I have a rainwater tank / dam. What restrictions apply?

The Permanent Water Saving Plan applies only to drinking water. There are no restrictions on rainwater you harvest on-site and store in a tank or dam.

 

I use bore water / grey water / recycled water. What restrictions apply?

The Permanent Water Saving Plan applies only to drinking water supplied through our reticulation network. If you have a private bore, use grey water, or are connected to recycled water (Class A, B or C via our “purple pipe” network, or operate your own on-site recycled water facility) the Plan does not restrict your use of that water.

  

So, are we still under water restrictions? When will they end?

Yes and no. Permanent water saving rules conserve water; today, tomorrow and always. The rules do restrict water use, so you can can think of them as a basic form of restrictions. Like restrictions, the rules are also enforceable under law.

However, unlike staged (numbered) water restrictions, permanent water saving rules are in place permanently: every day of the year.

 

What if I break the rules? Are there fines?

We have authorised water officers who follow up on suspected breaches.

If you breach the rules, we may give you an official warning, an on-the-spot-fine or may seek to prosecute you (depending on the severity of the breach).

Permanent water saving rules are enforceable under the Water Act.

Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel: penalty and fee units

 

What if I see someone else doing the wrong thing?

If you witness a breach of the permanent water saving rules, you can contact us with the details. An authorised water officer will investigate and follow up.