In this article

  • Things you can do when using water outdoors
  • Simple things to avoid when using water outdoors
  • Can you use a high-pressure hose or cleaner?

Water is a precious resource. There are easy habits you can adopt, as well as things to avoid when using water outdoors.

Here are some thing you can do when using water outdoors:

  • Test your irrigation for up to 2 minutes on your watering days before 9am or after 6pm. You can test your irrigation system following black-outs, repairs or installation.
  • Check your hose nozzle isn’t leaking. Buying a few hose washers at a time to have on hand can make it easier to repair nozzle leaks.
  • Hand water your garden and lawn. There are no restrictions on hand watering, you can use a watering can or hand-held hose on any day of the week.
  • Fill up a bucket of water to wash your car, and make sure to park on the lawn first.. This way your lawn can soak up all the precious water that would otherwise run on to the road.
  • Top up your swimming pool. To avoid an overflow, set a timer on your phone to remind you to turn off the hose. 
  • Top up a pond or fountain. Use a timer to avoid overflow.

Boy smiling in a swimming pool

Things to avoid when using water outdoors:

  • Using your sprinklers/ irrigation on your lawns and garden outside of your watering days. Find your watering days.
  • Using your hose to clean your driveway.
  • Using a high-pressure hose or water cleaner.
  • Using water slides that requires a hose connection outside of your watering roster.

High pressure hose or water cleaner

High-pressure hoses or water cleaners use a lot of water. Only use them under special circumstances such as:

  • Fighting fires
  • Avoiding a threat to public health or safety (such as a chemical spill)
  • Constructing, demolishing or repairing buildings, paved areas and roads