Permanent water use rules and water restrictions

Permanent water use rules were put in place as of 1 December 2012 since Stage 1 water restrictions were lifted. In March 2016 Target 155 was reintroduced as a reminder to make the best use of our precious water supplies.

Permanent water use rules

These rules ask for a common sense approach to every day use of the use of drinking water. A general examples would be ensuring hand held hoses must be fitted with a trigger nozzle and be leak free.

These rules apply to:

  • Residental and commerical gardens and lawns
  • Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces
  • Hosing down of hard surgaces
  • Window washing
  • Vehicle washing
  • Pools and spas
  • Fountain and water features

For more detailed information on permanent water use rules in your area, please see your local retailer:

Note: These rules do not apply to the use of recycled, reclaimed, rain or grey water except where it is supplemented in any way by drinking water.

Target 155

T155 is a voluntary water efficiency program to encourage metropolitan Melbourne householders to limit their consumption to 155 litres per person per day.

For more infomration for your area, visit your local water retailer’s website:

Water restrictions

Currently mandatory water restrictions are not in place.  

History of water restrictions in Melbourne

Date​ Restrictions implemented​
01 December 2012​ Water restrictions ceased and new permanent water use rules implemented​​
01 December 2011​​ Stage 1​
01 September 2010​​ Stage 2​
02 April 2010​​ Stage 3​
01 April 2007​​ Stage 3a​
01 January 2007​​ Stage 3​
01 November 2006​​ Stage 2​
01 September 2006​ Stage 1​
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