Permanent water saving rules
Our community recognises water is a precious resource and shouldn’t be wasted. The permanent water saving rules are a set of simple, common-sense rules to reduce demand and make sure we all use water wisely.
The permanent water saving rules are always in place, and are uniform across Victoria.
These rules do not apply to greywater, tank water (rainwater), bore water or recycled water.
|Use||Permanent water saving rules|
Water from a hand-held hose must not be used for any purpose (whether or not the use is subject to a permanent water saving rule) at any time, unless the hose:
|Residential or commercial gardens and lawns|
A residential or commercial garden or lawn area cannot be watered, except:
|Public gardens and lawns, and playing surfaces|
A public garden, lawn area or playing surface (sports ground) cannot be watered, except:
|Fountains and water features||Water cannot be used in a fountain or a water feature unless the fountain or water feature recirculates the water.|
|Cleaning of hard surfaces|
Water cannot be used to clean hard surfaces (including driveways, paths, concrete, tiles and timber decking) except:
There are no water restrictions on washing windows.
|Washing cars and other vehicles|
Cars and other vehicles can be washed at:
|Swimming pools||There are no water restrictions on filling domestic pools and/or spas.|
Enforcement and penalties
Permanent water saving rules are enforced under the Water Act.
If you witness a breach of the rules, please contact us with details of the offence. An authorised water officer will investigate and report. Official warnings and on-the-spot fines can be issued for offences, and in severe cases, prosecution may be sought.