Do you know your Permanent Water Saving Rules?

Permanent Water Saving Rules (PWSR) are a set of common sense rules that apply at all times.

They were put in place to ensure we use water efficiently and avoid wastage to conserve it for the future.

These rules are currently in place at all times in towns across our region and do not affect the use of grey, tank, bore or recycled water.


> Five key water saving rules



Trigger Nozzle

Use a leak-free hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle at any time.




Watering Systems

Can be used on residential or commercial gardens and lawns between the hours of 6pm and 10am on any day.

Hand-held hose, bucket or watering can be used at any time.



Public Spaces

Can be watered with a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can at any time or by a watering system fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor between the hours of 6pm and 10am on any day. Public spaces are public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces.




Water Features

Only use fountains or water features that recirculate water.



Hard Surfaces

Only when required as a result of a hazard or during construction or renovations with a high pressured device, hand-held hose or bucket. Can be cleaned once every three months if staining has developed.



> Further Information

PWSR Brochure (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Diagram of our service region (PDF)
Permanent Water Saving Plan (PDF)


> Turf exemption application

For new turf watering exceptions an exemption application form can be filled out and sent to Coliban Water.





> Water efficiency tips

Smart Gardens for a Dry Climate

20 Ways to save water (PDF)


> Websites

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Permanent Water Saving Rules




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