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What are the levels?

Water Conservation Level One

Level 1: Voluntary action to conserve water, discretionary use such as the use of sprinklers, washing cars permitted. 

Water Conservation Level Two

 Level 2: Sprinkler and hose restrictions. These can be used between 6am - 8am and 7pm - 9pm only as follows:

  • Even numbered houses on even days of the month (e.g. If you are number 104 you may water on the 2nd, 4th, 6th … of the month)
  • Odd numbered houses on odd days of the month (e.g. If you are number 201 you may water on the 1st, 3rd, 5th … of the month)

Water Conservation Level Three

 Level 3: Sprinkler ban. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days between 6am -8am and 7pm - 9pm only.

Water Conservation Leve lFour

 Level 4: Total ban on all outdoor water use. No sprinklers or hand-held hosing.

Using water wisely

What can I do to reduce my household water usage to help prevent further water restrictions?

Tips in the home

  • Check for leaks and fix any leaking taps, pipes or cisterns.
  • Use 'eco' settings on dishwashers and washing machines if available and don’t run them until you have full loads
  • Scrape dirty dishes rather than rinsing
  • Turn off taps while brushing teeth
  • Take shorter showers
  • Limit toilet flushing the toilet, if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown...
  • store drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap cold

Tips outside the home

  • Don't water concrete
  • Water your garden during the cooler times of the day (morning or evening) to minimise evaporation and only water when necessary
  • Reuse 'grey water' from the washing machine on lawns and gardens where possible
  • No sprinkler use or automated watering systems
  • Use a bucket to wash your car, rather than a hose
  • Use a broom, not a hose to sweep paths


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