Residential

Level 1 water restrictions are currently in force within the Dubbo Regional Council Local Government Area

  • All residential properties connected to potable town water supply are required to comply with the current water restriction. Council requests all residents comply with restriction activities. Council staff will be monitoring compliance with the restriction activities. Failure to comply with restriction activities can result in on the spot fines of $220.00, under the Local Government Act 1993 No 30 (Sections 679637).

General notes on Level 1 for residents

Under Level 1 water restrictions, households can water outdoors each day. The daily target per person per day is 380 Litres. Check out a what a typical break-down of 380 litres looks like and let’s all be wise with our water.

There is also the choice not to water at all.

LAWNS AND GARDENS

Watering is to be attended by a resident or on programmable timed systems.

DAYLIGHT SAVING PERIOD
Watering permitted between 6pm and 9am

PERIOD OUTSIDE DAYLIGHT SAVING
Watering permitted any time.

You can also download the Water Restrictions table (PDF 190.8KB)

  • Level 1 low
  • Level 2 Moderate
  • Level 3 High
  • Level 4 Very High
  • Level 5 Extreme
  • Level 6 Critical

Level 1 Low

Daily Target per person per day

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380 Litres

General notes apply to all activities

LAWNS AND GARDENS
Watering is to be attended by a resident or on programmable timed systems.

DAYLIGHT SAVING PERIOD
Watering permitted between 6pm and 9am

PERIOD OUTSIDE DAYLIGHT SAVING
Watering permitted any time.

 

 

GREYWATER USE: Collecting greywater from laundries, sinks and showers can hold harmful bacteria and high salt levels as well as other chemicals. With care, greywater can be used on gardens and lawns.  Bucketing of greywater is permissible 

A greywater diversion device whilst not encouraged is permissible if it complies with the NSW Guidelines for Greywater Reuse in Sewered,   Single Household Residential Premises including the requirement for subsurface irrigation only
GENERAL WATERING OF LAWNS AND GARDENS
Hand held hoses fitted with an on/off trigger style nozzle, buckets and watering cans.

Water efficient drip and/or fixed timing / programmable/smart water systems.

Any watering system that does not have a timer must be attended at all times.
Permitted
Untimed watering systems, micro sprays and fixed hoses.

Any watering system that is unattended or not able to be programmed
Permitted
Watering new turf  Permitted
OUTDOOR AREAS, POOLS, CARS AND BOATS
Washing down walls or paved surfaces or window cleaning Pressure washers, trigger nozzle hoses or buckets are permitted.
Washing cars at home Permitted with bucket and rinse with trigger hose on lawn at any time.
 
Pressure washers can be used.
Topping up private swimming pools Permitted. Must have a pool cover. 
First fill of swimming pool Permitted. Must have a pool cover

Level 2 Moderate

Daily Target per person per day

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360 Litres

General notes apply to all activities

LAWNS AND GARDENS
Watering is to be attended by a resident or on programmable timed systems.

DAYLIGHT SAVING PERIOD
Watering permitted between 6pm and 9am

PERIOD OUTSIDE DAYLIGHT SAVING
Watering permitted any time.

GREYWATER USE: Collecting greywater from laundries, sinks and showers can hold harmful bacteria and high salt levels as well as other chemicals. With care, greywater can be used on gardens and lawns.  Bucketing of greywater is permissible

A greywater diversion device whilst not encouraged is permissible if it complies with the NSW Guidelines for Greywater Reuse in Sewered, Single Household Residential Premises including the requirement for subsurface irrigation only
GENERAL WATERING OF LAWNS AND GARDENS
Hand held hoses fitted with an on/off trigger style nozzle, buckets and watering cans.

Water efficient drip and/or fixed timing / programmable/smart   water systems.

Any watering system that does not have a timer must be attended at all times.
Permitted
Untimed watering systems, micro sprays and fixed hoses.

Any watering system that is unattended or not able to be programmed
Permitted
Watering new turf  Permitted
OUTDOOR AREAS, POOLS, CARS AND BOATS
Washing down walls or paved surfaces or window cleaning Pressure washers, trigger nozzle hoses or buckets are permitted.
Washing cars at home Permitted with bucket and rinse with trigger hose on lawn at any time.
 
Pressure washers can be used.
Topping up private swimming pools Permitted. Must have a pool cover. 
First fill of swimming pool Permitted. Must have a pool cover

Level 3 High

Daily Target per person per day

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320 Litres

General notes apply to all activities

LAWNS AND GARDENS
Watering is to be attended by a resident or on programmable timed systems.

WATER OUTDOORS FOR 1 HOUR MAXIMUM ON WEDNESDAYS AND 1 HOUR MAXIMUM ON SUNDAYS (PER HOUSEHOLD) Only 1 outlet at any time.

DAYLIGHT SAVING PERIOD
Watering permitted between 6pm and 9am.

PERIOD OUTSIDE DAYLIGHT SAVING
Watering permitted any time.

GREYWATER USE: Collecting greywater from laundries, sinks and showers can hold harmful bacteria and high salt levels as well as other chemicals. With care, greywater can be used on gardens and lawns.  Bucketing of greywater is permissible

A greywater diversion device whilst not encouraged is permissible if it complies with the NSW Guidelines for Greywater Reuse in Sewered, Single Household Residential Premises including the requirement for subsurface irrigation only.
GENERAL WATERING OF LAWNS AND GARDENS
Hand held hoses fitted with an on/off trigger style nozzle, buckets and watering cans.

Water efficient drip and/or fixed timing / programmable/smart water systems.
 
Any watering system that does not have a timer must be attended at all times
Permitted up to a maximum time of 1 hour per watering day
Topping up, filling garden water features Permitted up to a maximum time of 1 hour.

Filling of new garden water features not permitted.
Untimed watering systems, micro sprays and fixed hoses.

Any watering system that is unattended or not able to be programmed.
NOT PERMITTED
Watering new turf

Permitted in accordance with outdoor watering restrictions as outlined above. Use suitable ground preparation with soil wetting agents.

Should additional water be required for establishment of new turf, outside of the permitted outdoor watering restrictions, a New Turf Watering Plan may be submitted to Council for approval.

Click here (PDF 193.4KB) to download an application form for new turf.

OUTDOOR AREAS, POOLS, CARS AND BOATS
Washing down walls or paved surfaces or window cleaning Cleaning with bucket only
Washing cars at home

Washing of boats, jet skis, boat motor and trailers
Permitted with bucket and rinse with trigger hose on lawn at any time.

Pressure washers can be used.
Topping up private swimming pools Permitted. Must have a pool cover.
First fill of swimming pool Permitted. Must have a pool cover.

Level 4 Very High

Daily Target per person per day

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280 Litres

General notes apply to all activities

LAWNS AND GARDENS
Watering is to be attended by a resident or on programmable timed systems.

WATER OUTDOORS FOR 30 MINUTES MAXIMUM ON WEDNESDAYS AND 30 MINUTES MAXIMUM ON SUNDAYS (PER HOUSEHOLD) Only 1 outlet at any time.

DAYLIGHT SAVING PERIOD
Watering permitted between 6pm and 9am.
PERIOD OUTSIDE DAYLIGHT SAVING
Watering permitted any time.

GREYWATER USE: Collecting greywater from laundries, sinks and showers can hold harmful bacteria and high salt levels as well as other chemicals. With care, greywater can be used on gardens and lawns.  Bucketing of greywater is permissible

A greywater diversion device whilst not encouraged is permissible if it complies with the NSW Guidelines for Greywater Reuse in Sewered, Single Household Residential Premises including the requirement for subsurface irrigation only. 
 
GENERAL WATERING OF LAWNS AND GARDENS
Hand held hoses fitted with an on/off trigger style nozzle, buckets and watering cans.

Water efficient drip and/or fixed timing / programmable/smart water systems.


Any watering system that does not have a timer must be attended at all times.
Permitted up to a maximum time of 30 minutes per watering day.
Topping up, filling garden water features Not permitted except to maintain fish life.

Filling of new garden water features not permitted.
Untimed watering\ systems, micro sprays and fixed hoses.

Any watering system that is unattended or not able to be programmed.
NOT PERMITTED
Watering new turf Watering is permitted for turf establishment.

Use suitable ground preparation with soil wetting agents.

Up to a maximum 50m2 of new turf.

A new turf watering plan (PDF 186.2KB) must be submitted and approved by Council.
Washing down walls or paved surfaces or window cleaning Cleaning with bucket only
Washing cars at home Washing of boats, jet skis, boat motor and trailers Permitted with bucket and rinse with trigger hose on lawn at any time.

Pressure washers can be used.
Topping up private swimming pools Permitted. Must have a pool cover.
First fill of swimming pool

Only permitted with Council permission. Must have a pool cover. To obtain Approval for first fill, please complete the Application Form - First Fill of Swimming Pool/Spa (PDF 548.2KB) and submit to Council.


Level 5 Extreme

Daily Target per person per day

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240 Litres

General notes apply to all activities

GARDENS ONLY Watering is to be attended by a resident or on programmable timed systems.

WATER OUTDOORS FOR 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM ONLY ON SUNDAYS (PER HOUSEHOLD) Only 1 outlet at any time.

DAYLIGHT SAVING PERIOD
Watering permitted between 6pm and 9am.

PERIOD OUTSIDE DAYLIGHT SAVING
Watering permitted any time.

GREYWATER USE: Collecting greywater from laundries, sinks and showers can hold harmful bacteria and high salt levels as well as other chemicals. With care, greywater can be used on gardens and lawns.  Bucketing of greywater is permissible

A greywater diversion device whilst not encouraged is permissible if it complies with the NSW Guidelines for Greywater Reuse in Sewered, Single Household Residential Premises including the requirement for subsurface irrigation only.
GENERAL WATERING OF LAWNS AND GARDENS
Hand held hoses fitted with an on/off trigger style nozzle, buckets and watering cans.

Water efficient drip and/or fixed timing / programmable/smart water systems.

Any watering system that does not have a timer must be attended at all times.

Permitted up to a maximum time of 15 minutes per watering day
Topping up, filling garden water features Not permitted except to maintain fish life.

 Filling of new garden water features not permitted.
Untimed watering systems, micro sprays and fixed hoses.

Any watering system that is unattended or not able to be programmed.
NOT PERMITTED
Watering new turf NOT PERMITTED
OUTDOOR AREAS, POOLS, CARS AND BOATS
Washing down walls or paved surfaces or window cleaning NOT PERMITTED
Washing cars at home

Washing of boats, jet skis, boat motor and trailers
Cleaning of vehicle windows, windscreens, number plates and mirrors permitted for safety and regulatory purposes with a bucket only
Topping up private swimming pools NOT PERMITTED
First fill of swimming pool Only permitted with Council permission. Must have a pool cover. To obtain Approval for first fill, please complete the Application Form - First Fill of Swimming Pool/Spa (PDF 548.2KB) and submit to Council.

Level 6 Critical

Daily Target per person per day

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195 Litres

General notes apply to all activities Critical water shortage means that we reduce our water consumption to essential needs only.

Essential needs are the basic needs to sustain human health.

Outdoor water use is not permitted except for maintaining fish life.
GREYWATER USE: Collecting greywater from laundries, sinks and showers can hold harmful bacteria and high salt levels as well as other chemicals. With care, greywater can be used on gardens and lawns. Bucketing of greywater is permissible

A greywater diversion device whilst not encouraged is permissible if it complies with the NSW Guidelines for Greywater Reuse in Sewered, Single Household Residential Premises including the requirement for subsurface irrigation only.
GENERAL WATERING OF LAWNS AND GARDENS
Hand held hoses fitted with an on/off trigger style nozzle, buckets and watering cans.

Water efficient drip and/or fixed timing / programmable/smart water systems.

Any watering system that does not have a timer must be attended at all times.

NOT PERMITTED
Topping up, filling garden water features
Not permitted except to maintain fish life.

Filling of new garden water features not permitted.
Untimed watering systems, micro sprays and fixed hoses.

Any watering system that is unattended or not able to be programmed.

NOT PERMITTED
Watering new turf NOT PERMITTED
OUTDOOR AREAS, POOLS, CARS AND BOATS
Washing down walls or paved surfaces or window cleaning NOT PERMITTED
Washing cars at home

Washing of boats, jet skis, boat motor and trailers
NOT PERMITTED
Topping up private swimming pools NOT PERMITTED
First fill of swimming pool
NOT PERMITTED