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When can I water?

When can I water?

Water Wise Measures replaced water restrictions across the state.


Water Wise Measures are a permanent reminder to adopt smart watering practices.

  • Water Wise Measures provide guidelines for efficient water use.
  • Penalties apply for non-compliance with Water Wise Measures.

The times in which you can water depend on where you are watering. Please read the following section for details of watering.

Home gardens and lawns

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

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

If your children like to play under the sprinkler, or they have water toys that attach to a hose, they can use it any time on lawn or in a garden. Just make sure it's turned off when the kids are finished playing.

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.

Washing vehicles and boats

You can wash vehicles or boats if you use a:

  • bucket or watering can
  • high-pressure, low-volume water cleaner
  • hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • commercial car wash.

If you can, park your car or boat on a lawn before you wash it. That way you get the most out of your water use.

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.

If you can't find the information you are looking for, please call the Water Wise Measures Hotline: 1800 130 952


Follow this link if you are looking for guidelines on water use in your business.


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  • Major faults

  • Reported

  • Wilkins St
  • Enfield
  • 01/07/2016
  • Major Leak
  • Water supply in the surrounding area may be impacted as we resolve this issue. Traffic restrictions may also apply.

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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Clairville Road
  • Campbelltown
  • 27/06/2016
  • Upgrade
  • SA Water are currently replacing approximately 930 metres of new water main along Clairville Road, Campbelltown. These works have been prioritised due to recent bursts in the area.

    Works will occur Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm and take approximately 10 weeks to complete.

    Traffic management will be in place and water outages are expected at times during the works.

    Affected customers will be notified of any planned water outages.

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