Water restrictions


On 1 December 2012, permanent water rules were put in place.

Guidance on permitted garden watering practices can be obtained from the Melbourne Water website, City West Water website or the Yarra Valley Water website.

What permanent water use rules mean

Residential and commercial gardens and lawns​

Hand watering
Gardens and lawns can be watered at any time, on any day using a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.

Watering systems
Watering systems (manual or automatic, spray or dripper) can be used to water gardens and lawns from 6pm to 10am, on any day.​

Car washing​

At Home
Cars may be washed at home with the following methods at any time, on any day:

  • high pressure cleaning unit
  • hand held hose fitted with a trigger-nozzle
  • watering can
  • bucket​

Source: Melbourne Water

Water outlook

Permanent water rules important for maintaining good water use habits developed during Melbourne’s 13 year drought.  

For further advice on using and saving water at home please consult the Melbourne Water Website


Further information
Kathleen Burke
Drain Asset Manager
9426 1599

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