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Water Restrictions

Hobart - 20 December 2019 until end of February 2020
 

Drinking water systems and restrictions

TasWater manages and monitors more than 70 drinking water systems across Tasmania, and from time to time may need to implement water restrictions to reduce non-essential water use. The decision to call a water restriction is not made lightly, and TasWater looks for the following triggers when assessing whether a system should go on to restrictions:

  • Infrastructure constraints – where a water system cannot provide sufficient water to meet customer demand. An example of this could be a temporary increase in population and resultant rise in water demand, as often occurs during summer/tourist season
  • Water source constraints – where there may be lower than acceptable river flows, aquifer or groundwater levels from which water supplies are drawn. This can be due to environmental factors such as low rainfall and/or drier than average temperatures
  • Water licence constraints – TasWater must adhere to a range of water licences across the state as part of the Water Management Act 1999. These licences are regulated by the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), and in the event river levels fall to trigger levels contained in a particular water licence, TasWater will call a restriction to ensure continuity of supply
  • Total fire ban days – TasWater may call a restriction when water supply in a region is required to be used for firefighting purposes.

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. More information about water usage during a fire ban can be found here.

 

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

The aim of Stage 1 restrictions is to reduce non-essential water usage by 20 per cent. This can be achieved through sensible water use and minimising outdoor water use.

Residential, public and commercial gardens and lawns
Garden and lawn watering is allowed on any day during the following times:

  • Manual* watering systems are only to be used between the hours of 6am and 8am, or between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Automatic** watering systems are only to 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 are only to be used between the hours of 6am and 8am or between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Automatic** watering systems are only to be used between the hours of midnight and 4am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans are able to be used at any time.

*Manual watering systems are those that physically require a tap to be turned on, this includes taps with shut off timers

**Automatic watering systems are any systems that include electronic control units

Paving, concrete and other hard surfaces

  • Hosing is not permitted, except for construction purposes, in an emergency or for health and safety purposes.

Washing vehicles

  • A bucket, high-pressure cleaning device or commercial car wash may be used at any time.
  • A handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle may be used for pre-rinsing and rinsing at home.

Residential or commercial pools and spas

  • Requirements for topping up a new or existing pool or spa are currently under review. Updated requirements will be advised prior to 20 December 2019.


Stage 2

The aim of Stage 2 restrictions is to reduce non-essential water usage by 50 per cent. This is achieved through only watering on allocated*** days, and not watering lawns.

Residential, public and commercial gardens and lawns
Garden watering is restricted to allocated days during the following times:

  • Manual* watering systems are only to be used on gardens between the hours of 6am and 8am, or between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Automatic** watering systems are only to be used on gardens between midnight and 4am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or watering may be used at any time
  • Watering of lawns is not permitted at any time

Sporting grounds
Watering of sports grounds is restricted to allocated*** days during the following times:

  • Manual* watering systems can only be used between the hours of 6am and 8am or between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Automatic** watering systems are only to be used between midnight and 4am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or watering can are able to be used at any time

*Manual watering systems are those that physically require a tap to be turned on, this includes taps with shut off timers

**Automatic watering systems are any systems that include electronic control units

*** Even numbered houses – MON, WED, FRI, Odd numbered houses – TUE, THUR, SAT

Paving, concrete and other hard surfaces

  • Hosing is not permitted, except for construction purposes, in an emergency or for health and safety purposes.

Washing vehicles

 A bucket, high pressure cleaning device or commercial car wash can be used at any time

  • A handheld hose fitted with a trigger is not permitted for pre-rinsing and rinsing at home.

Residential or commercial pools and spas

  • Requirements for topping up a new or existing pool or spa are currently under review. Updated requirements will be advised prior to 20 December 2019.


Stage 3

The aim of Stage 3 restrictions is to reduce non-essential water usage by 75 per cent. This is achieved by only watering when necessary, on allocated*** days in the times advised and not watering lawns.


Residential, public and commercial Gardens and lawns
Garden watering is restricted to allocated days during the following times:

  • Manual watering systems are only to be used between the hours of 6am and 8am or between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering are only to be used between the hours of 6am and 8am or between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Automated** systems and other sprinkler/spray systems are not permitted to be used at any time.
  • Watering of lawns is not permitted at any time.

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 synthetic hockey pitches) can be watered on allocated days during the following times:

  • Manual* watering systems are only to be used between the hours of 6am and 8am or between the hours of 8pm and 10pm
  • Automatic** watering systems are only to be used between the hours of midnight and 4am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans are able to be used between the hours of 6am and 8am or between the hours of 8pm and 10pm.

*Manual watering systems are those that physically require a tap to be turned on, this includes taps with shut off timers

**Automatic watering systems are any systems that include electronic control units

*** Even numbered houses – MON, WED, FRI, Odd numbered houses – TUE, THUR, SAT

Paving, concrete and other hard surfaces

  • Hosing is not permitted, except for in an emergency or for health and safety purposes.

Washing vehicles

  • Washing of vehicles is not permitted at any time, except if required for health and safety reasons. Then windows and headlights may be washed and rinsed at any time using only a bucket and sponge

Commercial car washes that use 70 litres or less of TasWater supplied water per wash, can be used at any time – all other car washes will close during these restrictions, unless water is not sourced from TasWater supply

Residential or commercial pools and spas

  • Requirements for topping up a new or existing pool or spa are currently under review. Updated requirements will be advised prior to 20 December 2019.


Stage 4

Stage 4 water restrictions only allow the consumption of water for essential health purposes.  All non-essential use of water is not permitted unless an exemption is issued by TasWater.

Residential, public and commercial gardens and lawns
All outside watering is not permitted, unless a TasWater exemption has been granted.

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

*Manual watering systems are those that physically require a tap to be turned on, this includes taps with shut off timers

**Automatic watering systems are any systems that include electronic control units

Paving, concrete and other hard surfaces
Hosing is not permitted, except in an emergency or for health and safety purposes.

Washing vehicles

  • Washing of vehicles is not permitted at any time, except if required for health and safety reasons. Then windows and headlights may be washed and rinsed at any time using only a bucket and sponge Commercial car washes which use water from a source other than TasWater reticulated water system can be used at any time or day. All other car washes will close during these restrictions

    Residential or commercial pools and spas

  • Requirements for topping up a new or existing pool or spa are currently under review. Updated requirements will be advised prior to 20 December 2019.


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