When you can water

When you can water

Water Wise Measures are a permanent reminder to adopt smart watering practices. They have replaced water restrictions across the state and provide guidelines for efficient water use. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

The times in which you can water depend on where you are watering.

When to water: Home gardens and lawns

You can water by hand at any time, using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can, bucket, or drip-feed irrigation system.

Sprinklers can be used for watering before 10am, or after 5pm.

If your children like to play under the sprinkler, or they have water toys that attach to a hose, they can use it any time on lawn or in a garden. Just make sure it's turned off when they have finished.

Hosing down driveways, paths, verandas and entertaining areas

You can only hose down paved areas to:

  • protect public health
  • ensure the safety of people using the area
  • ensure the health and welfare of animals using the area
  • deal with fire, accident or other emergencies.

Make sure you use a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, or a high-pressure, low-volume water cleaner.

When to water: Washing vehicles and boats

You can wash vehicles or boats if you use a:

  • bucket or watering can
  • high-pressure, low-volume water cleaner
  • hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • commercial car wash.

And to get the most out of your water use, park your car or boat on a lawn before you wash it, if you can.