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 Australia is the driest continent and features the highest per capita surface water storage capacity of any other country in the world. The large number and size of these water storage facilities is a function of both Australia’s aridity and the highly variable rainfall experienced.

 On December 1st, 2011, the Victorian Government replaced Australia’s water restrictions with permanent water use rules. Since the long drought and lifting of these restrictions, Australians have been given more freedom to decide how and when we use our water supply, but we must continue to treat water as a scarce resource and do everything in our power to use it wisely. Not only to ensure there is ample water available, but to help us reduce our water bills and be more economical with our wastage.

The graph above showing Melbourne's changing water levels was arguably one of the most recognisable graph in Melbourne during the drought.

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 Melbournians have adopted a great culture of saving water – using 22% less than 10 years ago – but there is always more we can do to manage our water use efficiently. The Permanent Water Use Rules* were first introduced in 2011, which include:

 

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  • Hand Watering
    You can water residential and commercial gardens at any time, on any day, using a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
  • Watering Systems
    You can water gardens and lawns using a watering system (manual, automatic, spray or drip) between the hours of 6PM and 10AM, any day of the week.

 

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  • Hand Watering
    Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces can be watered at any time, on any day, using a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
  • Watering Systems
    Public gardens, lawn and playing surfaces can use a watering system between 6PM and 10AM, any day of the week or be watered in accordance with an approved Water Use Plan.
    These watering systems must be fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor.

 

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  • You cannot hose down hard surfaces (including driveways, paths, concrete, tiles, or timber) except where cleaning is required, or if an accident has occurred (such as a fire, health hazard, safety hazard, or other.)
  • You can use a high pressure cleaning unit, or if such a unit is not available, a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, or a bucket to remove stains from hard surfaces once a season (every three months.)
  • You may use a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle in the course of construction or renovation on a property.
  • You can wash windows with a bucket, high pressure cleaning unit, or a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle at any time.
  • You are permitted to fill and operate your fountain or water feature, as long as it recirculates the water.

The above rules do not apply to the use of recycled, reclaimed, rain or greywater, except where it is supplemented in any way by potable/drinking water.

*Exemptions Apply.