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WATER CONSERVATION

“The more we save now, the more we have for later!”

STAGE 1 WATER RESTRICTIONS LIFTED – RETURN
TO PERMANENT WATER SAVING RULES

Lower Murray Water (LMW) advises the removal of Stage 1 water restrictions and return to Permanent Water Saving Rules, effective from 12.01 am Saturday 6 June 2020.

LMW Managing Director Anthony Couroupis said, “Due to higher than expected rainfall and inflows into storages, there is now a more positive outlook for the 2020/21 season.  We have also seen a positive response from our customers to Stage 1 water restrictions, which resulted in water savings of around one gigalitre. We thank our customers for working together for the benefit of our broader communities.  We now consider that it is appropriate to remove Stage 1 restrictions and return to Permanent Water Savings Rules”.

Key water-saving measures under the Permanent Water Saving Rule include:

 

  • watering your lawns or garden with a leak-free hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle at any time, or using a watering system only between 6.00 pm and 10.00 am
  • using a broom or a blower to clean hard surfaces
  • using a bucket, or leak-free hose fitted with a trigger nozzle to wash cars.

As we are entering the cooler months, customers are reminded to check for leaks before next summer. Efficient watering practices and the installation of rain sensors are a very practical and easy ways to save water.

Towns included in Permanent Water Saving Rules:

• Sunraysia Urban District – Mildura, Merbein and Irymple areas
• Red Cliffs Urban District
• Millewa Waterworks District
• Robinvale Urban District
• Piangil Urban District
• Nyah Urban District
• Nyah West Urban District
• Woorinen South Urban District
• Swan Hill Urban District
• Lake Boga Urban District
• Murrabit Urban District
• Koondrook Urban District
• Kerang Urban District

Refer to Lower Murray Water’s Permanent Water Saving Plan for more information

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

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Water Restrictions

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.

Exemption of Water Restrictions

To apply for an Exemption of Water Restrictions please fill the form below or 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.

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.