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Water Wise Measures Overview
 

 

Water Wise Measures are in place across the state to help ensure South Australians can enjoy water for good.

Penalties continue to apply for non-compliance.  See a map of areas covered.

Domestic gardens and lawns

    Domestic gardens and lawns

Watering is permitted at any time by hand (through a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, from a watering can or bucket) or through a drip feed irrigation system. Sprinklers can be used on any day after 5.00pm and before 10.00am. Children can play under the sprinkler or use water toys that attach to a hose at any time of the day as long as the sprinkler or toy is located on a grassed area or garden and is turned off when children are not playing under it.
For further information on water saving tips in your garden visit our save water in your garden overview page.

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Watering is permitted at any time by hand (through a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, from a watering can or bucket) or through a drip feed irrigation system. Sprinklers can be used on any day after 5.00pm and before 10.00am. On days which the maximum temperature is expected to exceed 30 degrees Celsius, sprinklers may be used between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.

 

Driveways, paths, verandas and entertaining areas

Driveways, paths, verandas and entertaining areas

The hosing down of external paved areas with water is permitted with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle OR a high pressure, low volume water cleaner only to:

  • protect public health
  • ensure the safety of people using the area
  • ensure the health and welfare of animals using the area
  • deal with fire, accident or other emergency.

 
Swimming pools

Swimming pools

New pools can be filled with a swimming pool permit from SA Water. Before a permit is issued, we require proof of purchase of a Smart Approved WaterMark pool cover or liquid blanket with an auto doser or six months supply.


 
Washing cars and boats

Water can be used to wash motor vehicles or a boat provided the water is applied:
  • from a bucket or watering can
  • by a high pressure, low volume water cleaner
  • from a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • at a commercial car wash.

 
Sports grounds and recreational facilities

Sports grounds and recreational facilities

Sports grounds and recreational facilities can be watered under an Irrigated Public Open Space (IPOS) permit as negotiated with SA Water. Penalties continue to apply for non-compliance. For more information, telephone the Water Wise Hotline 1800 130 952.


 
Construction sites Construction sites

Water can be used for dust suppression and compaction when it is applied from:

  • a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • directly from a motor vehicle designed and approved to carry/deposit water.


For further information on the Water Wise Measures refer to the Water Industry Regulations 2012.

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