Water restrictions and conservation measures

1. Overview

Water restrictions will be introduced in Braidwood and Bungendore from  22 November 2019.

Braidwood will be placed on Stage 2 water restrictions, which encourages residents to reduce their water consumption by 25%. Bungendore will start on Stage 1 water restrictions which call for a 10% reduction in consumption

Mandatory water conservation measures will remain in place for Captains Flat, Googong and Queanbeyan. 

2. Braidwood - Level 2 water restrictions

Download the Braidwood Level 2 water restriction flyer(PDF, 694KB)

Download the water restriction flyer with levels 1 - 4(PDF, 411KB)

Weekly water usage average

The daily target for Braidwood during level 2 water restrictions is 400kL. Our average daily usage for the week ending 29 November was 686kL.

Access to water for eligible farmland properties

Access to town water from the Bungendore, Captains Flat and Braidwood water supplies for eligible farmland properties is limited to 1000 litres per occasion. Water can be obtained from the following sites:

  • Braidwood - Bicentennial Park
  • Captains Flat - Wilkins Park
  • Bungendore - near Council depot in Ellendon St 

Private gardens and lawns; commercial nurseries, market gardens and turf growing businesses

  • No sprinkler or other irrigation system, other than a dripper system, may be used. 
  •  A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, bucket, a watering can or a dripper system may be used to water lawns and plants between 7-10am and between 7-10pm on alternate days as per the odds and evens system. 
  •  At all times gardens and lawns may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.


Lawns and plants at parks, sports amenities, golf courses and public gardens

  • The target of a 25% reduction in water use should be met.
  • At all times lawns and plants may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.


Paved areas

Water must not be used to clean paved areas unless necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.


Private pools and fountains

  • Fountains must be switched off.
  • Fountains and ponds may only be topped up only by using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can.


Public ponds and fountains

  • Existing ponds must not be filled or topped up other than with nonpotable water. 
  •  Only existing fountains that recirculate water may be operated and they may be topped up only with nonpotable water. 
  •  New ponds and fountains may not be filled with any water or used.


Private swimming pools

  • Existing pools must not be either emptied or refilled without written exemption.
  •  Previously ìlled pools must not be topped up without written exemption unless the pool is covered when not in use and topping up is undertaken with a hand-held hose only between 7-10am or 7-10pm on alternate days as per the ‘odds and evens’ system.


Public swimming pools

  • Existing pools must not be either emptied or refilled without written exemption. 
  •  Any pool not previously filled must not be filled without written exemption. 
  •  Previously filled pools may be topped up using a hand-held hose.


Water storage tanks, dams and lakes

Must not be filled or topped up other than with non-potable water.


Vehicles

If not washed at a commercial car wash, vehicles should be washed on a lawn or other porous surface wherever practicable and only be washed once per week using:

  • a bucket or watering can
  • a high-pressure low-volume cleaner, or
  • a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle

Any vehicle may be washed at a commercial car wash that recycles water or holds an exemption allowing use of potable water.

Boat motors may be flushed or rinsed after use.


Windows and building

  • No washing water unless necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.
  • Building gutters may be cleaned at any time.


Construction and related activities

Unless impractical, water may only otherwise be used by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device.

Wherever practicable non-potable water should be used.


You can complete the form below to apply for an exemption to the water restrictions. All applications are treated on a case-by-case basis.

Click here to view form.

3. Bungendore - Level 1 water restrictions

Download the Bungendore Level 1 water restriction flyer(PDF, 672KB)

Download the water restriction flyer with levels 1 - 4(PDF, 411KB)

Weekly water usage daily average

The daily target for Bungendore during level 1 water restrictions is 1060kL. Our average daily usage for the week ending 29 November was 1,368kL. 

Access to water for eligible farmland properties

Access to town water from the Bungendore, Captains Flat and Braidwood water supplies for eligible farmland properties is limited to 1000 litres per occasion. Water can be obtained from the following sites:

  • Braidwood - Bicentennial Park
  • Captains Flat - Wilkins Park
  • Bungendore - near Council depot in Ellendon St 

Private gardens and lawns; commercial nurseries, market gardens and turf growing businesses

  • Sprinkler and other irrigation systems can be used to water lawns and plants between 7-10am and between 7-10pm on alternate days as per the 'odds and evens' system.
  •  A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, bucket or a watering can may be used at any time.
  •  At all times gardens and lawns may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.


Lawns and plants at parks, sports amenities, golf courses and public gardens

  • The target of a 15% reduction in water use should be met.
  • At all times lawns and plants may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.


Paved areas

Water must not be used to clean paved areas unless necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.


Private pools and fountains

  • Fountains that recirculate water may be operated. 
  •  Fountains and ponds may only be topped up only by using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can.


Public ponds and fountains

  • Existing ponds must not be filled or topped up other than with non-potable water.
  • Existing fountains that recirculate water may be operated and they may be topped up only with non-potable water.
  • New ponds and fountains may not be filled with any water or used.


Private swimming pools

  • Existing pools must not be either emptied or refilled without written exemption.
  • Any pool not previously filled must not be filled without written exemption.
  • Previously filled pools may be topped up using a hand-held hose.


Public swimming pools

  • Existing pools must not be either emptied or refilled without written exemption. 
  • Any pool not previously filled must not be filled without written exemption. 
  • Previously filled pools may be topped up using a hand-held hose.


Water storage tanks, dams and lakes

Must not be filled or topped up other than with non-potable water.


Vehicles

If not washed at a commercial carwash, vehicles should be washed on a lawn or other porous surface wherever practicable and only be washed once per week using:

  • a bucket or watering can
  • a high-pressure low-volume cleaner, or
  • a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle

No restriction on commercial car wash operations.

 Boat motors may be flushed or rinsed after use.


Windows and building

  • Windows and buildings can be washed at any time but only with a bucket and mop, squeegee or brush or with a high pressure low-volume cleaner. Otherwise, water must not be used unless necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.
  • Building gutters may be cleaned at any time.

Construction and related activities

Water can only be used for dust or other pollutant suppression by means of a hand-held hose fitted with a flow cut off device, or a vehicle fitted with sprinklers. 

 Unless impractical, water may only otherwise be used by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device. 

 Wherever practicable non-potable water should be used.



You can complete the form below to apply for an exemption to the water restrictions. All applications are treated on a case-by-case basis.

Click here to view form.

4. Water Conservation Measures - Captains Flat

Download the Captains Flat Water Conservation Measures flyer(PDF, 696KB)

Access to water for eligible farmland properties

Access to town water from the Bungendore, Captains Flat and Braidwood water supplies for eligible farmland properties is limited to 1000 litres per occasion. Water can be obtained from the following sites:

  • Braidwood - Bicentennial Park
  • Captains Flat - Wilkins Park
  • Bungendore - near Council depot in Ellendon St 

Private gardens and lawns, commercial nurseries, market gardens and turf-growing businesses

  • Sprinkler and other irrigation systems can be used to water lawns and plants only between 6pm and 9am on any day from 1 September to 31 May (inclusive).
  • A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can may be used at any time.
  • At all times, gardens and lawns may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.

Lawns and plants at parks, sports amenities, golf courses and public gardens

  • Sprinkler and other irrigation systems can be used to water lawns and plants only between 6pm and 9am on any day from 1 September to 31 May (inclusive).
  • A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can may be used at any time.
  • At all times, gardens and lawns may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.

Paved areas

  • A bucket and mop or high-pressure, low-volume cleaner can be used to clean paved areas at any time.
  • Otherwise, water must not be used to clean paved areas unless cleaning is necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.

Vehicles

If not washed at a commercial car wash, any vehicle should be washed on a lawn or other porous surface wherever practicable and then may only be washed by using:

  • a bucket or watering can
  • a high-pressure, low-volume cleaner or
  • a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
  • boat motors may be flushed or rinsed after use.

Windows and Buildings

Windows may be washed or gutters may be cleaned at any time. Other parts of a building may be washed at any time by using a bucket and mop/brush or a high-pressure, low-volume cleaner, unless cleaning is necessary as result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.

Construction and related activities

  • Water can only be used for dust or other pollutant suppression by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device or a vehicle fitted with sprinklers. Unless impractical, water may only be used by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device.
  • Wherever practicable, non-potable water should be used.

5. Water Conservation Measures - Queanbeyan and Googong

There are mandatory water conservation measures in place for Queanbeyan and Googong. 

Private gardens and lawns not elsewhere included

  • Sprinkler and other irrigation systems can be used to water lawns and plants only between 6pm and 9am on any day from 1 September to 31 May (inclusive).
  • A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can may be used at any time.
  • At all times, gardens and lawns may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.

Paved areas

  • A bucket and mop or high-pressure, low-volume cleaner can be used to clean paved areas at any time.
  • Otherwise, water must not be used to clean paved areas unless cleaning is necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.
  • In these circumstances the most water-efficient method of cleaning reasonable available should be adopted.

*All applicable laws must be complied with when discharging substances into the stormwater system. 

Vehicles

If not washed at a commercial car wash, any vehicle should be washed on a lawn or other porous surface wherever practicable and then may only be washed by using:

  • a bucket or watering can.
  • a high-pressure, low-volume cleaner.
  • a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
  • boat motors may be flushed or rinsed after use.

Windows, buildings and building gutters

  • Building gutters may be cleaned at any time by any means.
  • Windows and other external parts of buildings may be washed at any time, but only by using a bucket and mop/brush or a high-pressure, low-volume cleaner.
  • Otherwise, water must not be used to wash building exteriors unless cleaning is necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency. In these circumstances the most water-efficient method of cleaning reasonably available should be adopted.

*All applicable laws must be complied with when discharging substances into the stormwater system.

Private ponds and fountains

Emptying and refilling existing pools and filling new pools and spas

Pools and spas with a capacity of 3,000 litres or more must not be either emptied, refilled, or filled for the first time, unless:

  • the occupier of the premises has lodged a water offset plan with Icon Water;
  • Icon Water has approved the water offset plan;
  • the occupier of the premises complies with the approved water offset plan; and
  • the pool or spa is fitting with a cover (that covers at least 80 percent of the surface area of the water) when the pool or spa is not in use.

Pools and spas with a capacity less than 3,000 litres may only be refilled, or filled for the first time, using a hand-held hose fitted a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can.

Topping up pools and spas

Pools and spas with a capacity of 3,000 or litres of more may only be topped up using a bucket, a watering can or a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle and only if:

  • the owner or occupier of the premises has registered with Icon Water;
  • the topping up is done before 9am or after 6pm on any day; and
  • the pool or spa is fitting with a cover (that covers at least 80% of the
  • surface area of the water) when the pool or spa is not in use.

Pools and spas with a capacity less than 3,000 litres may only be topped up using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or watering can.

Water Storage tanks, dams and lakes

Unless the property, at which a water storage facility is located, is not connected to Icon Water's potable water supply system, a water storage tank, dam or lake may only be filled or topped up if:

  • the owner or occupier of the premises has lodged an exemption application with Icon Water;
  • Icon Water has granted the exemption; and
  • water is used in accordance with the exemption.

Construction and related activities

Wherever practicable, non-potable water should be used. In green fields sites, water can be used for dust or pollutant suppression or earth compaction only:

  • by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device or a vehicle fitted with sprinklers;
  • if the occupier of the premises has lodged an exemption application with Icon Water;
  • if Icon Water has granted the exemption; and if water is used in accordance with the exemption.

In all other cases, water may be used for building and construction activities only where alternative water sources are not reasonable available or suitable (provided that water may not be used at any time to generate an exposed aggregate finish). Unless impractical, such water may only be used by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device.