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Water Conservation

Everyone can learn to use water wisely. We are proud to support a range of programs and resources that will help you learn more about water and how to use it efficiently. This in turn will help to secure our supply and create greener, more sustainable communities now and in the future.

Cutting back on your water use not only saves water, but also saves energy, money and the environment.

The links below take you to resources you can use to save water

Restrictions & Water Saving Rules

EXEMPTIONS, BREACHES & PENALTIES

Breaches of Water Restrictions

To report a breach or make an enquiry about Permanent Water Saving Rules (PWSR) or Restrictions please contact us.

Penalties & Enforcement

Water patrols are happening around all service areas to ensure the Water Restrictions are followed. Penalties apply for non-compliance of the Water Restrictions.

Penalties for Offences

RESTRICTION LEVEL PENALTY UNITS*
PWSR 1
1 2
2 3
3 4
4 5

*PENALTY UNITS
Penalties imposed for breaches of the Water Act 1989 or Lower Murray Water’s By-Laws are linked to the value of a Penalty Unit.  The value is indexed on 1 July each year.

For more information on Penalty Units please refer to the Indexation of Fees and Penalties page.

Maintain your Pool

Test your chemical levels
Check and maintain your chemical levels on a regular basis. This will reduce the amount of water your need to drain and top up with fresh water.

Cover your pool
Installing a pool cover can save up to 200 Litres a day in evaporation. This will also stop leaves and dirt getting into the pool.

Install a rainwater diverter
Divert your rainwater with a hose into the pool. This is very cheap and easy to do.

Greywater, Rainwater & Recycled Water

Greywater, rainwater and recycled water can be used at any time. For guidelines on safe use visit www.epa.vic.gov.au. No restrictions apply to rainwater, greywater or recycled water collected and processed on-site, provided it is not supplemented by us – water supply.

Re-using greywater is a viable option during times of drought and water restrictions. A number of products are now on the market that enable access to greywater from your home. These products are designed for immediate greywater reuse.

Greywater (all non-toilet household sewerage) can be a good water resource in dry periods but can carry health and environmental risks. EPA supports water conservation methods and believes that greywater can be reused effectively and safely in the home by following a few simple tips. We recommend that you display a sign if using greywater to water your garden.

Helping you to target your water use

Target Your Water Use provides useful information to regional Victorians on how to be more water efficient within their homes and how to use water more wisely.

Working in collaboration, regional urban water corporations are providing a suite of products, services and solutions on how to use water more wisely.

These include:

  • Permanent Water Saving Rules Common sense rules to assist with conserving water now and for the future (See your local water corporation website).
  • Schools education program – Across Victoria, local water corporations are engaging with primary, secondary and tertiary students to educate them on the water cycle and how to use water wisely.
  • Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP)– The program enables schools to track their water usage using data loggers. By monitoring water use, schools can detect and fix leaks, saving water and money.  For more information go to myswep.com.au
  • Comparative water usage – Water customers can see how much water they have used compared to previous months and years simply by looking at their bill. Armed with this information they can make more informed choices about when and how to use water more efficiently.
  • National Water Week – Each year National Water Week makes a splash across Australia, inspiring individuals, education providers, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding of water-related issues.  See our National Water Week page for more information.
  • Urban Water Strategy – All Victorian water businesses are engaging with their customers and local communities to develop their Urban Water Strategies. These strategies will outline how water businesses will manage demand for, and ensure sufficient supplies of, drinking water across their service regions.

Importantly, the Target Your Water Use program also recognises that each water business faces a unique set of circumstances and a one size fits all approach does not work in all cases.

Get informed, get involved

The Victorian Government is working with partners, industry and the community to ensure we make the best use of our precious water supplies.

We can provide solutions and advice to help you to use water more efficiently, indoors and outdoors – speak to us for more ways to save.