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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. Download a map of areas covered [PDF, 380 kB].

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

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

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.

  • Major faults

  • Reported

  • Mount Barker Rd
  • Bridgewater
  • 30/11/2015
  • 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.

  • See all major faults

  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Hackney Road
  • Adelaide
  • 20/11/2015
  • Upgrade
  • Major works to upgrade a water main under the northbound lane of Hackney Road, between North Terrace, Adelaide and Park Terrace, Gilberton are currently underway.

    Works are being undertaken daily between 7am and 5pm. Some night works are also occuring at the intersection of Hackney Road/Botanic Road and along Park Road.

    Traffic management is in place around the work site. Please observe all signage and directions.

    Water outages for properties along the eastern side of Hackney Road and Park Terrace, Gilberton are expected. Affected properties will be notified in advance.

    For more information click here.

  • See all scheduled works