Melbourne Restrictions Eased

Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 in News

Premier John Brumby and Water Minister Tim Holding have announced that Melbourne will join Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong in having water restrictions eased to Stage 3.

This has been made possible by the State Government’s investment in major water projects, outstanding water-saving efforts by households and the very welcome recent rainfall.

Melbourne’s water restrictions have been eased from Stage 3a to Stage 3 from Good Friday meaning:

  • Three in four sports grounds and school ovals will be able to be watered – up from one in four (effective from today);
  • Households will be able to water gardens every second morning for two hours;
  • Councils can increase watering of public gardens by 50 per cent; and
  • Target 155 will remain in place to encourage households to continue saving water.

The State Government has also announced new measures for stressed rivers and farmers including;

  • 10 billion litres of water will be returned to the Yarra (7 billion) and Thomson (3 billion) rivers in environmental flows; and
  • 5 billion litres of water will be available for farmers in Werribee (2 billion) and Bacchus Marsh (3 billion).

Moving to Stage 3 will provide more flexibility for Melburnians but we want people to continue to conserve water so I encourage everyone to keep to Target 155.

Over the past year Melburnians have beaten this target and used an average of 149 litres per person per day. This is a fantastic effort but one we need to continue.

For more information on Stage 3 water restrictions visit

For more tips on how you can save water at home visit

What you need to know

Under Stage 3 water restrictions:


Lawns are not permitted to be watered.

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