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Staged water restrictions are now in place

There continues to be little rainfall in most of the state with some areas recording the lowest rainfall on record. Given the below average rainfall received and the current forecasts, restrictions are now in place for the majority of the state.

Water restrictions announced on 20 January 2020 will be in place until 31 March 2020.

TasWater's water restrictions are a common-sense set of rules to reduce demand and make sure we all use water wisely. The rules apply to drinking water only. They do not apply to greywater, tank water (rainwater), bore water or recycled water. If we all do our bit and save a little, together we'll make a big difference.

Please conserve water on Total Fire Ban days

On days of Total Fire Ban, please 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.

 

We thank 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.

The permitted uses during each stage are outlined below. For full details please see our Water Restrictions Policy.
 
Water Restrictions for most towns will end at midnight, March 31. 

 

Water restrictions:

 

Oatlands and Coles Bay Stage 2 are extended until May 31, 2020.

Whitemark stage two will remain until April 30, 2020.

Map of the areas

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Stage 1
(Alert)

Stage 2

(Save)

Stage 3

(Just enough)

Stage 4

(Critical)

Residential, public and commercial gardens

Watering gardens is allowed on the following days:

Any day

Allocated** days only

Allocated days only

Not permitted

Manual watering systems can only be used between the hours of:

6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm

6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm

6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm

Not permitted

Automatic watering systems can only be used between the hours of:

Midnight - 4am

Midnight - 4am

Not permitted

Not permitted

Handheld hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans can only be used between the hours of:

Any time

Any time on allocated day

6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm

Not permitted

Watering of lawns

Watering of lawns by any of the above methods

Not permitted

Not permitted

Not permitted

Sporting grounds

Watering of sporting grounds is allowed on the following days:

Any day

Allocated days only

Exempt*** surfaces only, on allocated days

Exempt surfaces only

Manual watering systems can only be used between the hours of:

6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm

6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm

6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm

6am - 7am OR 8pm - 9pm. Odd days only

Automatic watering systems can only be used between the hours of:

Midnight - 4am

Midnight - 4am

Midnight - 4am

Midnight - 2am. Even days only

Handheld hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans can only be used between the hours of:

Any time

Any time on allocated day

6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm

6am - 7am OR 9pm - 10pm, odd days only

Paving, concrete and other hard surfaces

Same conditions for all stages

-Spot cleaning for safety, health, animal welfare or emergency reasons with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or with high pressure cleaning equipment is permitted

-For construction, using water for dust or pollutant suppression, or earth compaction by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device or a vehicle fitted with sprinklers is permitted

Hosing for general cleaning of hard surfaces such as paths, driveways and paved areas is not permitted at any time

Washing vehicles

Same conditions for Stage 3 and Stage 4

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

-A handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle may be used only for pre-rinsing and rinsing at home

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

Use of a handheld hose is not permitted

- Windows, mirrors, lights, registration plates or spot removal of corrosive substances may be done at anytime using a bucket or watering can.

- Other parts of vehicles may only be washed for health and safety reasons or other emergencies at commercial car washes at anytime.

Residential or commercial pools & spas

Emptying and refilling existing pools, and filling new pools and spas:

-Up to 2,000 litres: may only be refilled, or filled for the first time, using a handheld hose with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or automatic water top up device

-More than 2,000 litres: may only be refilled, or filled for the first time when the property owner has an approved Exemption from TasWater.

Same as Stage 1

Pools and spas cannot be filled, added to, or replaced without an approved Exemption – swimming pool or spa filling from TasWater.

Not permitted

Topping up pools and spas:

Only using a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket, watering can or automatic water top up device.

May only be topped up using methods described in Stage 1, for a maximum of 15 minutes per day only to replace water lost through evaporation, not removed for other purposes.

Not permitted

Not permitted

 

*Manual watering systems are those that require you to physically turn on a tap. Automatic systems are controlled by an electronic device.

** Allocated days:
Odd numbered properties may water on odd dates.

Even and no-numbered properties may water on even dates.
All properties may water on the 31st of any month or the 29th of February.

*** Exempt surfaces:

Cricket pitch, golf and bowling greens, croquet greens, tennis courts, golf tees and synthetic hockey pitches

Exemptions :

In some situations it may be possible to gain an exemption:

Business Exemptions are usually only provided for businesses that rely on outdoor water use for their business activities.  Applications should include details of how the water will be used and measures that will be taken to be minimise use where possible.  

Residential Exemptions may be supplied for the following reasons, dependant on circumstances

  • For special reasons such as medical, cultural or compassionate grounds;
  • To fill a pool or spa;
  • To fill or top up a pond, lake or water feature that sustains aquatic life, is heritage-listed or needs to be run intermittently.

Please note - all exemptions will be reviewed in the event of a change in restriction level.

    Click HERE to apply for an exemption.

Drinking water restrictions

We manage and monitor 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 we look 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.
  • 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 – We 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, we will call a restriction to ensure continuity of supply
  • Total fire ban days – We may call a restriction when water supply in a region is required to be used for firefighting purposes.