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Water Restrictions

TasWater may be required to enact water restrictions.  We only initiate water restrictions when storages become critically low due to unforeseen operational issues or due to drought conditions.

Current water restrictions

Bridport stage 1 water restrictions (Effective from December 15, 2015 to January 29, 2018).

Please click here to see the official letter notifying the Miniter for Primary Industries and Water about the restriction.


Permitted water use during Water Restrictions

Depending on the situation and the volume of water it is necessary to conserve, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3 or Stage 4 restrictions will be enacted.

The permitted uses during each stage are outlined below. For full details please see TasWater's Water Restrictions Policy.

Please conserve water on Total Fire Ban days

On days of Total Fire Ban, TasWater asks customers to minimise non-essential water use to conserve water for firefighting and prevention. Your consideration in limiting non-essential water use such as garden watering or lawn sprinklers will help to ensure that the Tasmania Fire Service and residents who may be facing a bushfire threat have water available for fire fighting and prevention.

 

TasWater thanks you for your cooperation. For up to date information about Total Fire Bans and any current bushfire threats, please visit www.fire.tas.gov.au.

Stage 1

Stage 1 restrictions are intended to enforce sensible water use and to prevent inefficient watering practices by reducing non-essential use of water by approximately 20 per cent. They are designed to minimise unnecessary outdoor water consumption.

Residential, public and commercial gardens and lawns
Garden and lawn watering is allowed on any day during the following times:
  • Manual watering systems can only be used between the hours of 6am and 8am and between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Automatic watering systems can only be used between the hours of midnight and 4am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans may be used at any time.
Sporting grounds
Watering of sports grounds is allowed on any day during the following times:
  • Manual watering systems can only be used between the hours of 6am and 8am and between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Automatic watering systems can only be used between the hours of midnight and 4am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans may be used at any time.
Paving, concrete and other hard surfaces
  • Hosing is banned except for construction purposes, in an emergency or for health or safety hazard.
Washing vehicles
  • A bucket, high pressure cleaning device or commercial car wash can be used at any time for vehicle washing
  • A handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle can only be used for pre-rinsing and rinsing at home.
Residential or commercial pools and spas
  • To fill or top up a new or existing pool or spa with a capacity of 2,000 litres or less, a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can or a bucket must be used
  • Pools and spas of greater than 2,000 litres capacity must only be filled with approval from TasWater.

Stage 2

Stage 2 restrictions are designed to reduce non-essential use of water by approximately 50 per cent of average consumption.  Non-essential residential and commercial use is limited to alternate days and watering of lawns is banned.

Residential, public and commercial gardens and lawns
Garden watering is restricted to allocated days during the following times:
  • Manual watering systems can only be used on gardens between the hours of 6am and 8am and between the hours of 8pm and 10pm on alternate days
  • Automatic watering systems can only be used on gardens between midnight and 4am on alternate days
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or watering can may be used at any time
  • Watering of lawns is banned at all times.
Sporting grounds
Watering of sports grounds is restricted to allocated days during the following times:
  • Manual watering systems can only be used on gardens between the hours of 6am and 8am and between the hours of 8pm and 10pm on alternate days
  • Automatic watering systems can only be used between midnight and 4am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or watering can may be used at any time
Paving, concrete and other hard surfaces
  • Hosing is banned except for construction purposes, in an emergency or for health or safety purposes.
Washing vehicles
  • Vehicles can be washed at home using a high pressure cleaning device, a bucket or at a water efficient commercial car wash at any time or day
  • A handheld hose fitted with a trigger cannot be used for pre-rinsing and rinsing at home.
Residential or commercial pools and spas
  • To fill or top up a new or existing pool or spa with a capacity of 2,000 litres or less, a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can or a bucket must be used
  • Pools and spas of greater than 2,000 litres capacity must only be filled with approval from TasWater.

Stage 3

Stage 3 restrictions are designed to reduce non-essential use of water by approximately 75 per cent of average consumption.  Watering of residential, public and commercial gardens is limited to levels intended to prevent long term vegetation damage and watering of lawns is banned.


Residential, public and commercial Gardens and lawns
Garden watering is restricted to allocated days during the following times:
  • Manual watering systems can only be used between the hours of 6am and 8am and between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans may be used between the hours of 6am and 8am and between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • No other sprinkler/spray system is allowed. Automated systems are banned
  • Watering of lawns is banned at all times.

Sporting grounds
Watering of non-exempt playing surfaces is banned. Exempt surfaces (i.e. cricket pitch, golf and bowling greens, croquet greens, tennis courts, golf teens and synthetic hockey pitches) can be watered on allocated days during the following times:
  • Manual watering systems can only be used between the hours of 6am and 8am and between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Automatic watering systems can only be used between the hours of midnight and 4am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans may be used between the hours of 6am and 8am and between the hours of 8pm and 10pm.
Paving, concrete and other hard surfaces
  • Hosing is banned except for health and safety purposes or in an emergency.
Washing vehicles
  • A vehicle may be washed for health and safety reasons at any time or day, in which case the windows and lights must be washed and rinsed by means of a bucket filled directly from the tape (not by a hose).
  • Commercial car washes (which use less than 70 litres of water per vehicle where water is drawn from TasWater reticulated water system) can be used at anytime or day.
Residential or commercial pools and spas
  • Pools and spas cannot be filled, added to or replaced without prior written approval from TasWater

Stage 4

Stage 4 water restrictions only allow the consumption of water for essential health purposes.  All non-essential uses of water are banned unless an exemption is issued by TasWater.


Residential, public and commercial gardens and lawns
All outside watering is banned. No watering at any time, by any means.

Sporting grounds
Watering of non-exempt playing surfaces is banned. Exempt surfaces (i.e. cricket pitch, golf and bowling greens, croquet greens, tennis courts, golf tees and greens and synthetic hockey pitches) can be watered on allocated days during the following times:

  • Manual watering systems can only be used between the hours of 6am and 7am and between the hours of 8pm and 9pm on odd days of the month
  • Automatic watering systems can only be used between the hour of midnight and 2am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans can only be used between the hour of 6am and 7am and between the hours of 9pm and 10pm.

Paving, concrete and other hard surfaces
Hosing is banned except for health and safety purposes or in an emergency.

Washing vehicles

  • A vehicle may only be washed for health and safety reasons at any time or day, in which case the windows and lights must be washed and rinsed by means of a bucket filled directly from the tap (not by a hose).
  • Commercial car washes which use water from a source other than TasWater reticulated water system can be used at any time or day.

Residential or commercial pools and spas
Pools and spas cannot be filled, added to or replaced from potable supply.

Complete or part exemptions from any component of restriction may be given by TasWater upon application.