Water restrictions are a necessary part of a sustainable future for our region and wider community. It's everyone's job to use water in a responsible and fair manner.
All Victorian towns are always under 'Permanent Water Saving Rules' unless we've introduced more serious 'staged water restrictions', which are put in place when water supplies are being threatened by drought or other environmental issues such as blue-green algae.
Permanent Water Saving Rules do not apply to the use of recycled water, reclaimed water, grey water or rainwater collected in a storage tank.
Select your town from below to check the current restriction.
If you live in a rural area, select 'rural properties'.
Legality of water restrictions
Water restrictions are based on the Victorian Government’s four-stage Water Restrction By-law 107 as adopted by GWMWater.
Permanent Water Saving Rules or Staged Water Restrictions don't apply to the use of recycled water, reclaimed water, grey water or rainwater collected in a storage tank.
Exemptions may be granted if GWMWater considers that reasonable grounds have been presented. As a part of the process, you may need to place a Submission of a Water Conservation Plan to GWMWater. All applications for exemption will be responded to in writing within 10 business days of receipt.
Water Restriction Exemption Application Form (93kB)
The filling of large pools is limited under water restrictions. If you want to fill a pool with a capacity over 2,000 L, you'll need permission from GWMWater.
Application to Fill a Swimming Pool or Spa (61kB)
If you need help, call us on 1300 659 961.