It’s still important that we continue to save water and practice water wise behaviours.
Under the new Water Wise Guidelines, you can use drinking water to:
water lawns and gardens before 10 am and after 4 pm using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, sprinklers or standard watering systems
water new turf and gardens at any time for up to 28 days
water lawns and gardens with drip irrigation systems or 'smart water systems' at any time
top up pools and spas to replace water lost through evaporation
fill new or renovated pools and spas
wash vehicles with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
clean buildings (including windows, walls and gutters) with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
cool people and animals.
Our water is too precious to waste. Whenever you're using water outside, you need to ensure it doesn't run off onto hard surfaces such as paths and roads.
The drought has reminded us that saving water needs to be our new way of life. Recent rainfall has been encouraging, but it’s still too early to tell if this is temporary relief from drought conditions or a sign that things are improving.