Metropolitan Melbourne is placed on Stage One water restrictions due to steadily decreasing inflow over the past 5 years. Dam capacity is just over 50%. The restrictions include specific times for watering. House numbers determine what day you can water. A hand held hose can be used to wash your car; but only for pre-rinsing and rinsing.
History of water restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne
Metropolitan Melbourne placed on Stage Two water restrictions. Restrictions on using manual watering systems are the same as stage one. Lawns are not to be watered at anytime. Vehicles can only be washed with a bucket, high pressure cleaning device or at a commerical car wash. Pools and spas over 2000 litres cannot be filled without approval from your local water corporation.
Release of Our Water Our Future program
Our Water Our Future 2004 white paperThe Securing Our Water Future Together white paper is released. It details the Our Water Our Future program and lists 110 actions for sustainable water that the state government aims to implement over the next 50 years.
Permanent water saving rules replace Stage Two restrictions
After recording the biggest summer rainfall since 1994/1995, permanent water saving rules replace the existing Stage Two water restrictions. The rules are:
1. Use manual watering systems only between 8pm and 10am
2. Use automatic watering systems only between 10pm and 10am
3. Fit your hose with a trigger nozzle
4. No hosing paved areas
5. Apply to fill a new pool
Stage One water restrictions reintroduced
After experiencing the driest winter since 1982, the government reintroduces Stage One water restrictions. Storage levels are at 46.8%.
Stage Two water restrictions reintroduced
After a fall in storages to 43.4%, Stage Two water restrictions are reintroduced.
Lowest annual inflow ever recorded
Melbourne experiences the lowest annual inflow on record. Storages fall from 58.4% in January to 38.9% in December. The Spring of 2006 was extremely dry. Melbourne is to go on stage 3 water restrictions January 1 2007.
Melbourne goes to Stage Three water restrictions
After a dry spring, Melbourne is put on stage three water restrictions. This means only dripper watering systems could be used and only two days a week. Also, a hose can not longer be used to wash the car, only a bucket to clean mirrors and windows.
Stage 3a water restrictions introduced
Melbourne is placed on 3a water restrictions and will remain on them until April 2010. This means that no new pool can be filled and further time restrictions on using watering cans and watering systems are introduced. Storages at 32.1%.
Target 155 introduced
Media Release - Target 155 launchThe Target 155 program was introduced. This program is designed to encourage consumers to reduced their water usage to 155 litres per person per day. According to the government, if this is achieved it will save the same amount of water as Stage Four restrictions. Water storage levels have risen slightly since Stage 3a to 33.3%.
Melbourne's water storages reach lowest ever recorded
Melbourne's water storages drops to 25.6%, the lowest since the Thomsan Dam began filling in 1984.
Restrictions reduced to Stage Three
Metropolitan Melbourne is moved from Stage 3a to Stage 3 water restrictions. This means that time restraints were eased on manual and automatic watering systems. Also, pools can return to being filled with approval from the local water corporation. Vehicles can still only be washed at a commercial car wash but a bucket can only be used to wash windows, mirrors and to spot remove substances. Water storage level at 34%.
Melbourne moved to Stage Two water restrictions
Metropolitan Melbourne is now on Stage Two water restrictions. Hose watering, buckets and watering cans can now be used at anytime. Vehicles can be washed with a bucket or high pressured device. There is also a return to alternate watering days. Water storage level at 41.7%.
Water storage levels at 47.3%
Melbourne's water storages are currently at 47.3%. This is the highest they have been since August 2006, prior to the dry Spring that crippled our water supply.