Stage 1 water restrictions for customers reliant on the Mitchell River supply system and Buchan River from 27 March. Permanent Water Saving Rules to remain in place elsewhere. For more click here
For restrictions advice call: 1800 671 841
The following water restrictions are currently in force in East Gippsland:
- Permanent Water Savings
- Stage 1
- Stage 2
- Stage 3
- Stage 4
- Bemm River
- Cann River
- Dinner Plain
- Mitchell River (M)
- Orbost (O)
M – Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Lindenow, Lindenow South, Eagle Point, Lucknow, Newlands Arm, Banksia Peninsula, Raymond Island, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Beach, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Swan Reach, Sarsfield, Nicholson, Nowa Nowa, Johnsonville, Metung, Bruthen and surrounding areas.
O – Orbost, Marlo, Newmerella
An Explanation of Permanent Water Saving Rules and Water Restrictions
Permanent Water Saving Rules
These are commonsense rules that guide the efficient use of water and apply at all times when there are no other water restrictions in force. For details, click on the links below:
- Summary of the key Permanent Water Saving Rules (PDF 302KB)
- Permanent Water Saving Rules Plan (PDF 289KB)
Permanent Water Saving Rules do not apply to tank, bore or grey water.
These are introduced when it is clear that the supply of water is depleting at a rate that cannot keep pace with demand, perhaps due to low stream flows and ongoing drought conditions.
There are four stages of water restrictions. For details, click on the links below:
- Summary of water restriction stages
- Stage 1 (Alert) (PDF 288KB)
- Stage 2 (Save) (PDF 302KB)
- Stage 3 (Just Enough) (PDF 304KB)
- Stage 4 (Critical) (PDF 305KB)
- Model Water Restriction By-law
Water restrictions do not apply to tank, bore or grey water.
Water Use Plans & Exemption applications
Under certain conditions East Gippsland Water can grant exemptions from the Permanent Water Saving Rules and Water Restrictions. To request a permanent or temporary exemption, please fill in the exemption form below:
East Gippsland Water can impose financial penalties and take legal action against anyone found breaching any of the Permanent Water Saving Rules or Restrictions.
Penalties are linked to the value of a Penalty Unit. This is indexed on 1 July each year. From 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 the value of a Penalty Unit is $165.22.
For more information call East Gippsland Water’s hotline on 1800 671 841.