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When can I water?

When can I water?

There are currently no water restrictions in place in South Australia. However, Water Wise Measures provide guidelines for efficient water use. Penalties continue to apply for non-compliance with Water Wise Measures. Download a map of areas covered [PDF, 380 kB]. The times in which you can water depend on where you are watering. Follow this link if you are looking for guidelines on water use in your business.

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.


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  • Major faults

  • Resolved

  • Giles St
  • Encounter Bay
  • 03/09/2015
  • Water Off
  • Water supply in the surrounding area may be impacted as we resolve this issue. Traffic restrictions may apply as we work to resolve this issue.
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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Richmond Road
  • Keswick
  • 26/08/2015
  • Upgrade
  • Works to install a new water main pipe will commence Saturday 29th August, on the southern side of Richmond Road.

    Water outages for properties along new pipe route and surrounding area are expected. Construction work hours will be Sunday night to Thursday night, 8pm to 7am and will take approximately 6 weeks to complete.

    Please observe all traffic management directions in this area.

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