Posted on 23. Aug, 2010 in News

Melbourne households will be able to water gardens at any time and wash cars at home for the first time in four years when water restrictions are eased to Stage 2 from 1 September 2010.

Premier John Brumby announced today that for the first time since 2006, Melburnians will be able to:

  • Use a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket to water gardens at any time;
  • Wash cars at home with either a bucket or a high pressure, water saving hose;
  • Water gardens with a manual watering system between 6-8am and 8-10pm on alternate days; (If you are aged over 70 you can water between 8-10am in the morning);
  • Water gardens with an automatic watering system between midnight and 4am on alternate days; and
  • Fill spas and smaller pools, such as children’s inflatable play pools;


Mr Brumby said easing Melbourne’s water restrictions was in addition to extra water being provided to sportsgounds and rivers including the Yarra and Thomson.

“Melbourne’s water storages are recovering well and are expected to hit 40 per cent very soon as a result of recent welcome rain, outstanding water saving efforts by households and the Government’s major water projects,” Mr Brumby said.

“Water is also flowing down the Sugarloaf Pipeline and the desalination plant will be complete in just over 12 months and it is the Government’s intention to move all Victorian towns off severe water restrictions to provide households with more flexibility on how they use water.”

Melbourne’s water storages are 39.9 per cent of capacity while at the same time last year they were 27.8 per cent full – around an additional 6 month’s worth of water.

The Sugarloaf Pipeline and the Tarago Reservoir project have added more than 60 billion litres of water to storages. From the end of next year the desalination plant will start supplying up to 150 billion litres a year.

Mr Brumby said the water saving efforts of Melbourne households in recent years had been fantastic.

“We set Melburnians a challenge to use less than 155 litres per person per day and they have gone above and beyond that even when water restrictions were eased earlier this year,” he said.  

“Over the past year, daily water use has dropped to 147 litres – a fantastic achievement.”

Water Minister Tim Holding said Target 155 would continue under Stage 2 water restrictions.

“While we are providing more flexibility for Melburnians, we want people to continue to use water wisely so will be encouraging everyone to keep to Target 155,” Mr Holding said.

“Stage 2 restrictions just means there is more flexibility in how that water is used. We still expect people to employ commonsense and not water during the heat of the day when a lot of water is lost to evaporation.

“We also are seeing water savings locked in for the future as a result of rainwater tanks, water efficient showerheads and greywater systems.”

Households and businesses are able to apply for a 28 day exemption to establish new warm season grasses.

For more information about water restrictions, visit www.ourwater.vic.gov.au

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