Permanent Water Saving Rules
PWSR are in place to alleviate the stress household water use places on Victoria’s water resources. They are designed to reduce unnecessary water use and promote efficiency without restricting your options.
Our Permanent Water Saving Plan and associated rules are in accordance with the Water Restrictions By-Law 512 as approved by the Minister. Under PWSR:
- Sprinklers or automatic watering systems can be used after 6pm and before 10am
- Handheld hoses can be used any time if a trigger nozzle is attached
- Brooms or blowers should be used to clean hard surfaces
- Use a bucket or handheld hose with trigger nozzle to clean cars and other vehicles
- Fountains and water features must recirculate water.
Please note: These rules will not apply in the case of an accident, fire, safety hazard or emergency in respect to the health of people or animals.
You can apply for an exemption from PWSR for the establishment of warm season grass by completing the PWSR Exemption Form.
Leaking taps should be fixed as soon as possible.
Current water restrictions
Goulburn Valley Water has introduced Stage 2 water restrictions to customers supplied by the Euroa system under GVW's Bylaw No. 512.
Restrictions are in effect from Thursday, 11 April 2019 until further notice. Towns affected are Euroa and Violet Town.
Stage 2 water restrictions will no longer be in place in the Kilmore district as of Thursday, 7 November 2019.
Restrictions have officially been lifted and the Permanent Water Saving Rules now apply for residents in Kilmore, Kilmore East, Wandong, Heathcote Junction and Upper Plenty.
You can find more information about the restrictions in our:
► Stage 2 water restrictions summary - By-law 512 (PDF, 159kB)
► Fact sheet - Stage 2 water restrictions (PDF, 81kB)
You can also download an Exemption Application Form (PDF, 133kB) or a Warm Season Grass exemption form. You can also download a Water Use Plan Application - Sportsground form (PDF, 135kb).
We have issued media releases about the restrictions in each region.
We also have water efficiency and water saving tips for customers to help reduce water consumption and be waterwise around your home or business.
But what does it really mean, in common terms?
All hand-held hoses must:
- be fitted with a trigger nozzle, and
- be leak-free.
Gardens and lawns
Residential and commercial gardens and lawns cannot be watered with a hand-held hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle) at anytime, anyday.
Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces
Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces (e.g. bowling greens, football/cricket ovals, soccer pitches, etc.) can be watered:
- with a hand-held hose (fitted with a trigger nozzle) at any time, any day,
- by a sprinkler or watering system fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor after 6 pm or before 10 am, on any day (or overnight).
Fountains and water features
Fountains and water features must recirculate water (almost all of them do).
Paved areas and hard surfaces
You can use water to clean driveways, paths, decking, concrete or other hard surfaces, only:
- if required as a result of an accident or fire
- there is a health or safety hazard
- if staining has developed (once a year)
- during construction or renovation.
Use a high-pressure water cleaner if available. Otherwise, a hand-held hose or bucket may be used.
There are no restrictions on washing windows.
Cars and boats
Cars, boats and other vehicles can be washed at home at any time or any day, using
- a high-pressure water cleaner; or
- a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle; or
- a bucket or watering can.
The same rules apply to car dealerships.
Pools, spas and ponds
There are no restrictions on filling or topping up pools, spas or ponds.
Enforcement and penalties
Permanent Water Saving Rules are enforced under the Water Act.
If you see someone breaching the rules, please contact us with the details of the offence and one of our officers will investigate. Official warnings and on-the-spot fines can be issued for offences, while serious breaches may result in prosecution.
For more details, download our PWSR Brochure, or for tips on how to conserve water visit our FAQ page.