Water Restrictions

There are currently no water restrictions in place across the Snowy Valleys region. 


Level 5 Water Restrictions - Residential

Level 5 water restrictions are largely focused on limits to outdoor water use including no use of fixed sprinklers or hoses for watering gardens and lawns, using garden drip systems only during set times, washing cars only with the use of buckets, and no hosing of outdoor pavements/driveways.

Gardens: fixed sprinklers and hoses - Outside use of raw water and town water not permitted; grey-water reuse only.

Gardens: micro-jet and drip systems - Drip or subsoil systems only; no-micro-jets. Permitted between 9pm - 11pm and 4am - 6am on odds and evens system.

  • Property address is an even number Use permitted on even days e.g. 2, 4, 6 etc. Not use permitted on 31st.
  • Property address is an odd number Use permitted on odd days e.g. 1, 3, 5 etc. Not use permitted on 31st.

Lawns: fixed sprinklers and hoses - Outside use of raw water and town water not permitted; grey-water reuse only

Handheld hose with trigger nozzle - Not permitted.

Vehicle washing - Use of bucket to wash windshield, mirrors, lights and rego plates, or use commercial car wash with recycled water only.

Hosing of paving - Not permitted, unless Council has approved for health or safety reasons

Pools - filling, topping up and pool covers - Not permitted.

Evaporative air coolers - Not permitted.

Click here to download the SVC Water Restrictions Table(PDF, 29KB) to find out more about how to apply with any restrictions

How to conserve water

Reducing our water consumption even when there are no restrictions helps to save water for our future supply.  Changing a little can save a lot!

Here are some ideas on how you can save water with not much effort:

  • Take shorter showers - An average shower uses about 18 litres of water per minute. If you shorten your shower by 2 minutes, you can cut your water use by 36 litres. You can further reduce your water consumption by turning the water off while soaping
  • Change your shower head to a water efficient type - You can save around 9 litres of water every minute by installing a water-saving shower head
  • Turn the taps off when you're brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving
  • If you don't have a fully loaded washing machine, adjust the load setting to suit your washing requirements
  • Fix dripping taps or other water leaks - click here to learn how to read your water meter and to check for leaks
  • Only turn the dishwasher on when it's full. Make sure you use the right settings for different types of wash
  • Collect water in a bowl or jug whenever you need to run the taps, and use it on your garden. Do this when you're waiting for water to heat up or cool down. You can also do this when washing vegetables