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Water Restrictions

East Gippsland Water


For Restrictions Advice call: 1800 671 841

The following water supply restrictions are currently in place across East Gippsland:

  • Permanent Water Savings
  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Bemm River
  • Buchan
  • Cann River
  • Dinner Plain
  • Mallacoota
  • Mitchell River (M)
  • Omeo
  • Orbost (O)

M – Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Lindenow, Lindenow South, Eagle Point, Lucknow, Newlands Arm, Banksia Peninsula, Raymond Island, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Beach, Swan Reach, Sarsfield, Nicholson, Nowa Nowa, Johnsonville, Metung, Bruthen and surrounding areas.

O – Orbost, Marlo, Newmerella

An Explanation of Water Restrictions and Rules

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 the key rules click on Permanent Water Saving Rules.

Water Restrictions

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.

Restrictions range from Stage 1 (Alert), through to Stage 4 (critical). For full details click on the link below:

Model Water Restriction By-law

* Permanent Water Saving Rules and Water Restrictions do not apply to water from rainwater tanks or bores, grey water or stormwater.


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.