Water restrictions ease for summer
Water restrictions are set to ease for Victorians to allow watering every day of the week, the State Government announced today.
Premier Ted Baillieu and Minister for Water Peter Walsh said residents will have more flexibility with their water usage when Stage 1 water restrictions end on December 1.
“From 1 December 2012 Victorians will be able to use their sprinkler watering system on any day of the week between 6pm and 10am.
Hand held hoses with a trigger nozzle can also be used on any day of the week at any time,” Mr Baillieu said.
Melbourne's water storages have now recovered to 81.3 per cent, the highest they have been at this time of year in 16 years, he said.
Mr Walsh said he was confident Melburnians would not slip back to using water like it was an unlimited resource.
‘‘We believe there has been a cultural change in how Melburnians use water, and we expect them to maintain their water-wise ways,’’ he told reporters on Tuesday.
‘‘I think through the drought people have come to appreciate how precious water is.’’
Mr Walsh said these rules were consistent across the whole of Victoria, helping to lock in water efficiency.