Water restrictions are managed by Victoria's urban water corporations and are applied across Victoria based on the Uniform Drought Water Restriction Guidelines.
This section provides a summary of the key restrictions that may be in place for urban water users under the various stages of restriction – Stage 1 (mild) to Stage 4 (severe).
While all restriction policies are based on the uniform guidelines, there may be minor variations in the details to account for local conditions. Please check with your local water corporation for information on water restrictions that may be in place in your area.
Restrictions are only applicable to customers on a reticulated supply. These restrictions do not apply to the use of recycled, reclaimed, rain or grey water except where it is supplemented in any way by drinking water.
Water corporations may grant exemptions from restrictions for those with special needs, and have principles in place to ensure the consistent treatment of exemption applications. Exemptions from water restrictions may be applied for through your local water corporation.
Permanent water saving rules
Permanent water saving (or use) rules are in place in Victoria. They are a set of common-sense rules to reduce demand and make sure we use water efficiently.
For further details, please visit Permanent water saving rules.
Water Security Outlooks
Water corporations are required to prepare a Water Security Outlook which provides an outlook of each systems water supply and an associated list of priority actions (Action Plan) for each of their water supply system every year. The outlooks also provide information on the Permanent Water Saving Plans and if any water restrictions are in place or likely to be needed over the coming year.
These Water Security Outlooks are available to the public from 1 December each year.
The Water Security Outlooks can be found on the website of each water corporation.