What are the levels?
Level 1: Voluntary action to conserve water, discretionary use such as the use of sprinklers, washing cars permitted.
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)
Level 3: Sprinkler ban. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days between 6am -8am and 7pm - 9pm only.
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