Permanent water saving rules

Rules to help us make sure we're careful with the way we use water

About permanent water saving rules

Permanent water saving rules help us reduce demand and use water efficiently.

The rules are the same throughout Victoria and have been in place since November 2011. They involve simple things everyone can do to avoid wasting water.

During periods of drought, we may still need to introduce water restrictions. But with these rules permanently in place, we are doing our bit to save water all of the time.

Hand-held hose

Water from a hand-held hose must not be used for any purpose at any time unless the hose is:

  • fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • leak-free
Residential or commercial gardens and lawns

A residential or commercial garden or lawn cannot be watered except with:

  • a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can at any time; or
  • a watering system between the hours of 6pm – 10am on any day
Public gardens and lawns and playing surfaces

A public garden or lawn area or a playing surface cannot be watered except:

  • with a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can at any time; or
  • with a watering system fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor between the hours of 6 pm – 10 am on any day.
Fountains and water features Water cannot be used in a fountain or a water feature unless the fountain or water feature recirculates the water.
Cleaning of hard surfaces

Water cannot be used to clean hard surfaces (including, driveways, paths, concrete, tiles, timber decking), except:

  • where cleaning is required as a result of an accident, fire, health hazard, safety hazard or other emergency; or
  • if staining to the surface has developed, and then only once a season; or
  • in the course of construction or renovation

And then, only by means of:

  • a high pressure water cleaning device; or
  • if such a device is not available, a hand-held hose or a bucket.


Permanent water saving documents