Exemptions

There are a number of exemptions that apply automatically. These exemptions exist for specific circumstances such as the testing of irrigation systems for leaks, watering in fertilisers in gardens and lawns, and cleaning paved areas around public pools.

There are also some exemptions available that you must apply for.

Automatic exemptions – no application required

The following uses of water are exempt from Permanent Water Use Rules and do not require an application to South East Water.

Applying fertilisers and testing irrigation systems for existing gardens and lawns

Watering systems may be used to water gardens and lawns:

  • during and/or immediately after the application of fertilisers, when this is the only practical time available to undertake this activity, or is the manufacturer’s recommended application timeframe; or
  • to test irrigation systems for leaks and/or correct operation.
Miscellaneous

Watering systems may be used for occupational health and safety purposes to limit/suppress dust as a result of construction/reconstruction/renovation activities or limit/suppress dust during motocross, equestrian and similar events for the safety of participants, spectators and surrounding neighbours.

Exemptions available by application

The following uses of water are exempt from Permanent Water Use Rules and on application to South East Water will be granted an approval.

New warm season grass lawns

Watering systems may be used to water new warm season grass lawns as required to suit weather conditions for up to the first 28 days after installation. Visit warmseasongrass.com.au and follow the prompts to obtain an automatic approval certificate.

Maintaining sporting grounds/recreational areas

Watering systems may be used outside the prescribed watering times with a water use plan approved by South East Water.

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