Permanent Conservation Measures in the region

water coming from tapPermanent Conservation Measures currently apply only to Toowoomba bulk water supply users (Toowoomba, Highfields, Hampton, Crows Nest, Oakey, Westbrook, Gowrie Junction, Kingsthorpe, Jondaryan, Meringandan and Goombungee) and to those accessing water supply schemes throughout the towns of Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgsonvale. These measures allow many more options for use of town water for residents and businesses.

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Water restrictions in the region

trigger hoseRestrictions remain in force for Yarraman, Clifton, Millmerran, Cecil Plains, Pittsworth and Brookstead.

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Incentives and rebates

Our WaterWise rebate program ceased on August 10, 2010 but we still continue to encourage the community to practise waterwise behaviour and, where possible through incentive programs, offer residents assistance to install water efficient appliances such as water efficient shower heads.

Current rebates and incentives:

  • Shower rose exchange program - while stocks last we will still exchange your old shower rose for a free three star shower rose. To receive your free water efficient shower rose, bring to the enquiry counter of your local service centre the following items:

• your old shower rose (maximum of 2 per household)
• rates notice and
• personal ID such as a driver's licence.

Closed rebates and incentives from other government agencies include:

  • ClimateSmart Home Service program - state government program closed September 30, 2012.
  • Solar Hot Water Rebate - federal government rebate closed June 30,2012.
  • The National Rainwater Tank Rebate - federal government incentive closed May 10, 2011.

Efficient Irrigation Guidelines

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The Guideline provides a framework for water-wise gardening and lawn maintenance to allow residents to enjoy their gardens, lawns and outdoor lifestyle while ensuring water is used efficiently, wisely and responsibly. If planning to use town water in an efficient irrigation system, you must ensure that your system and/or sprinklers comply with the Guideline. Alternate sources such as rainwater, bores and greywater are not restricted.

There are additional requirements for non-residential premises where the area to be irrigated exceeds 500 square metres. Check council’s Service Provider Water Restrictions schedule for more information.

1. Important regulatory information

This document is a summary of the main provisions of Efficient Irrigation for Water Conservation Guideline as referred to in Part 8 of the Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (The Guideline).

Definitions are used throughout the Guideline and defined terms are listed in Schedule 1. Please ensure you read Schedule 1 (at the bottom of the Guideline) as the definitions contain important information.

Read more: Efficient Irrigation Guidelines

Compliance certification residential water efficiency - Print only form

Form relates to plumbing inspections  ensuring water efficiency measures for residential premises, pools and spas.

icon Compliance certification residential water efficiency - Print only form (136.33 kB)

Related documents for Water restrictions - Business

Gardens and lawns - fact sheet

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

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Town water may be used on established gardens and lawns before 10:00am and after 4:00pm every day except Monday using:

  • Bucket or watering can;
  • Hand held hose with a trigger or twist nozzle;
  • Efficient sprinkler* with a 30 minute timer
  • Efficient irrigation system* fitted with either:
    1. a manual timer with a maximum range of 2 hours; or
    2. an automated timer, used with a soil moisture sensor or rain sensor
  • 9 litres/minute maximum output for both sprinklers and emitters
  • The correct timer must be fitted

*The Queensland Water Commission's Efficient Irrigation for Water Conservation Guideline provides information on efficient irrigation and watering to ensure compliance with this Restriction.

Read more: Gardens and lawns - fact sheet

Vehicle washing - fact sheet

(including motor vehicles, caravans and boats)

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions apply to all HLWRtriggerhose2 450X458residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

Residential and non-residential

Washing of vehicles by a person other than a Mobile Commercial Operator

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is permitted where the water is used from a bucket or through a hand held hose fitted with a twist or trigger nozzle or a high pressure water cleaning unit.

Read more: Vehicle washing - fact sheet

Pools and water play - fact sheet

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

New and Renovated Pools and Spas (Residential and Non-Residential)

  • No restriction applies to the filling of new or renovated swimming pools and spas.
  • Once a swimming pool or spa is filled, it becomes an 'existing swimming pool or spa' and efficiency measures do apply to the topping up of all swimming pools and spas – refer to Restriction 3.2 of Toowoomba Regional Council Service Provider Water Restriction Permanent Conservation Measures.

Read more: Pools and water play - fact sheet

Town water use in residential pools

Water efficiency requirements now apply to a range of town water uses by both residents and business. These requirements are either provisions of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 or part of the Toowoomba Regional Council water restriction arrangements.

Residential swimming pools must meet water efficiency requirements in order to be topped up with town water.  An owner may demonstrate compliance with a plumber's certificate or a statutory declaration.  Forms and a fact sheet outlining Permanent Conservation Measures are able to be requested by contacting us.

Water features and water storage - fact sheet

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions (Target 200) apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

Fountains and Ponds (Residential and Non-Residential)Water feature 350X262

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is permitted to be used for the topping up of fountains or ponds, ONLY where the fountain or pond:

  1. recirculates the water; or 
  2. uses no more than 200 litres of water per week
  3. is an approved Water Feature of Significance (in public areas)

Read more: Water features and water storage - fact sheet

General cleaning and building washing - fact sheet

Outdoor entertainment area 350X262Saving water is everyone's responsibility. Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

General Cleaning

General outdoor cleaning of materials and equipment with town water is permitted for both residential and non-residential premises where water is used from a bucket or through a hand held hose fitted with a twist or trigger nozzle or a high pressure water cleaning unit.

Read more: General cleaning and building washing - fact sheet

Animal and pet care - fact sheet

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions (Target 200) apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

Restrictions on Residential and Non-Residential Premises

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Use of water from the reticulated (town) supply system is permitted for pet care purposes ONLY where the water is used for pet welfare and survival purposes including activities such as:

  1. provision of drinking water; or
  2. washing a pet, provided that if a hose is used for this purpose, only a hand held hose is used; or
  3. cleaning pet pens and enclosures with a high pressure water cleaning unit

Read more: Animal and pet care - fact sheet

Building, construction and development - Fact sheet

House constructionSaving water is everyone's responsibility. From 11 December 2010, Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

Building Construction (Residential and Non-Residential)

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is permitted to be used for building construction purposes ONLY when applied using a bucket or through a hand held hose or a high pressure water cleaning unit and provided that the construction site is attended at all times when water is being used on the site.

Read more: Building, construction and development - Fact sheet

Town water use in non-residential pools

Water efficiency requirements now apply to a range of town water uses by both residents and business. These requirements are either provisions of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 or part of the council water restriction arrangements.

Non-residential swimming pools must meet water efficiency requirements in order to be topped up with town water.  An owner may demonstrate compliance with a plumber's certificate or a statutory declaration. 

The Compliance Certification Form can be requested by contacting us.

Building water use efficiencies - Fact sheet

ShowerheadWater use on Non-Residential premises

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. Kitchen, bathroom, laundry and ablution premises using 1ML per year, or more, of water from the reticulated (town) supply system must have water efficient internal fittings installed, so that:

  • All taps are water efficient, and
  • All showerheads are water efficient showerheads, and
  • All trigger sprays are water efficient trigger sprays.

Read more: Building water use efficiencies - Fact sheet

Traveller accomodation - Fact sheet

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. To help visitors save water, traveller accommodation* providers are required to clearly display information about water conservation measures.

"traveller accommodation" means accommodation provided for use by members of the travelling public as part of a commercial transaction. Without limit, examples of traveller accommodation include hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, hostels, backpackers, caravan parks farm stays, serviced apartments, boarding houses, guest houses and short stay dwellings.

Read more: Traveller accomodation - Fact sheet

Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Non-turf Sports

This guideline applies to non-turf sporting activities that use town water, not for irrigation, but for safety or other reasons (e.g. dust suppression, track maintenance and synthetic surfaces).

These activities referred to, under the definition of an active playing surface include, but are not limited to sports such as BMX, motorcycling, equestrian and pony clubs, as well as hockey fields using synthetic surfaces. The preparation and maintenance of turf cricket wickets and the irrigation of golf greens and tees, lawn bowls rinks, and croquet courts is also included in this category.

Requirements

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used on Non-turf or other playing surfaces except where the following conditions apply:

Read more: Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Non-turf Sports

Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Local sports (turf sufaces)

This guideline applies to local sports fields with turf surfaces catering to Senior, Junior, Amateurs and any other grades of sporting competitions.  This category does not apply to turfed cricket wickets, golf greens and tees, croquet courts and bowling greens.

Turf-based playing surfaces include, but are not limited to the following sports: Australian Rules Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Softball, Baseball, Football (Soccer) and Touch Football.

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used on turf-based playing surfaces except where the following conditions apply:

Read more: Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Local sports (turf sufaces)

Active playing surfaces - Fact sheet

Sport Recreation and Child Care (Non-Residential)Active playing surface

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. From 11 December 2010, Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used for the watering of active playing surfaces except where the watering is in accordance with the Active Playing Surface Guidelines.

Read more: Active playing surfaces - Fact sheet

Watering times permitted for active playing surfaces

Ongoing maintenance of turf-based playing surfaces

Playing surface managers must be aware that irrigation is not the only requirement for maintaining playing surfaces and other appropriate management measures will need to be adopted. Managers must adopt a holistic approach to the management of their playing surfaces with an emphasis on other management measures such as:

  • aeration
  • fertilisation
  • soil moisture monitoring
  • irrigation system auditing

If you wish to obtain a copy of the Active Playing Surface Guidelines please contact Council on 131 872.

Watering Times for active playing surfaces are summarised below

Refer to articles related to specific categories for further information about other requirements.

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