Do you know your permanent water saving rules? Known as (PWSR), they were put in place to ensure we use water efficiently and avoid wastage to conserve it for the future.
These rules are currently in place at all times in towns across our region and do not affect the use of grey, tank, bore or recycled water.
The five key water saving rules are:
1.Trigger Nozzle: Use a leak-free hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle at any time.
2.Watering Systems: Can be used on residential or commercial gardens and lawns between the hours of 6pm and 10am on any day. Hand-held hose, bucket or watering can may be used at any time.
3. Public Spaces: Can be watered with a hand-held hose, bucket or watering can at any time or by a watering system fitted with a rain or soil moisture sensor between the hours of 6pm and 10am on any day. Public spaces are public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces.
4.Water Features: Only use fountains or water features that recirculate water.
5.Hard Surfaces: Only when required as a result of a hazard or during construction or renovations with a high pressured device, hand-held hose or bucket. Can be cleaned once every three months if staining has developed.
Do you think you can face another summer with water restrictions? Perhaps it’s time to have a look at getting a smarter garden.
How to follow the rules for smart water use
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When you understand more about your soil, careful selection of plants and the introduction of water conservation principles to your garden will mean that the time, money and effort you put into your garden will result in a healthier, more interesting one that is appropriate for our dry climate.
Your waterwise garden will also provide multiple environmental benefits including:
- preserving water, which is our most precious resource;
- reducing the spread of environmental weeds through careful plant selection;
- lowering groundwater levels, thus helping to control urban salinity;
- and reducing the amount of pesticides used on the garden, through healthier soil and plants.
Get the Smart Gardens for a Dry Climate (Revised ed. 2012) can be viewed as an ebook and downloaded.
The booklet and website Copyright Coliban Water and City of Greater Bendigo.