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When can I water?

When can I water?

Under Water Wise Measures, watering times are generally the same for business as they are for homes. But, depending on your business, you may have extra times in which watering is allowed.

Retail garden centres

You can water by hand at any time. "By hand" means by a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can, a bucket, or a drip-feed irrigation system.

Sprinklers can be used for watering before 10 am, or after 5 pm.

On days when the maximum temperature is expected to exceed 30 degrees Celsius, you can also use sprinklers between 1 pm and 2 pm.

Sports grounds and recreational facilities

Sports grounds and recreational facilities can be watered with an Irrigated Public Open Space (IPOS) Permit. Read this page to learn more about IPOS

Construction sites

Water can be used for dust suppression and compaction. You can only do this:

  • from a tap, using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
  • from a motor vehicle designed and approved to carry or deposit water.

Pools and spas

Before putting in a pool or spa, make sure you get a swimming pool permit from SA Water. This permit lets you fill the pool or spa.

As part of the permit conditions, you must have a Smart Approved WaterMark pool cover (or a liquid blanket with an auto-doser or six months' supply). We will want to see proof of purchase before giving you the permit.

Driveways, paths, verandas and entertaining areas

You can hose down paved areas only if it is 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 emergencies.

Make sure you use a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, or a high-pressure, low-volume water cleaner.


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  • Major faults

  • Reported

  • Various suburbs
  • 15/03/2017
  • Water Quality
  • Some Adelaide Hills customers may notice changes in the taste and/or smell of their tap water, as we work hard to reduce the impact of an algal bloom in the Summit Reservoir.
    The algal bloom is causing a naturally occurring compound called geosmin, which can affect water taste and odour, but is harmless to health. The water remains safe to drink.
    We expect customers in the following areas may notice this change: Mount Barker, Balhannah, Oakbank, Verdun, Hahndorf, Heathfield, Stirling, Crafers, Lenswood, Lobethal, Woodside, Brukunga, Mount Torrens, Birdwood, Gumeracha, Kersbrook, Cudlee Creek, Wistow, Nairne, Littlehampton, Strathalbyn, Clayton, Milang, Langhorne Creek and Bridgewater.
    We have made changes to our treatment processes at the Summit Water Treatment Plant to reduce the level of geosmin in the water.    
    Our testing shows no algae has been detected in the network and it has been completely removed as part of our normal treatment process.
    If our customers have any questions or concerns, please contact us on 1300 SA WATER.
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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Farnsworth Dr
  • Morphett Vale
  • 28/04/2017
  • Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time (water off): 02/05/2017 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time (water back on): 02/05/2017 04:00 PM

    We’re committed to improving your services and are undertaking maintenance work in Morphett Vale. Water supply in the surrounding area may be impacted during the above times. Traffic restrictions may also apply.


  • See all scheduled works