Saving water

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Level 1 restrictions - watering and sprinkler times

Our water supplies have reduced due to the extended dry season and Level 1 water restriction measures are now in place for private gardens and commercial watering.  Make sure you only irrigate your garden within the following times:

  • No sprinkler use permitted on Monday.
  • Odd-numbered properties permitted to use sprinklers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between the hours of 6am - 8am and 6pm - 8pm.
  • Even-numbered properties permitted to use sprinklers on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between the hours of 6am - 8am and 6pm - 8pm.
  • Hand-held hoses with a trigger nozzle, watering cans and buckets can be used at any time.

If you are using bore water for your sprinkler system, please ensure a "Bore Water In Use" sign is clearly displayed on your kerbside.

Some restrictions also apply to the hosing of paved areas and the filling of private swimming pools, ponds and tanks. See the Level 1 Water Restrictions information sheet ( PDF, 0.21 MB ) for full details.

NOTE: Penalties can be issued for any breaches under the Water Supply (Safety & Reliability) Act 2008.

Level 2 restrictions - watering and sprinkler times

Our water supplies have continued to further reduce and level 2 water restriction measures are now in place for private gardens and commercial watering.

Please ensure you only irrigate your garden within the following times:

  • No watering by manual or automated sprinklers, microspray or drip watering systems and hand held hoses on Mondays.
  • Odd numbered houses: sprinklers allowed on Tuesdays, and Saturdays, between the hours of 6am and 7am and 6pm and 7pm only.
  • Even numbered houses: sprinklers allowed Wednesdays, and Sundays, between the hours of 6am and 7am and 6pm and 7pm only.
  • Hand held hoses, fitted with a trigger nozzle can be used on any day except Mondays. Watering cans or buckets can be used at any time.

If you are using bore water for your sprinkler system, please ensure a "Bore Water In Use" sign is clearly displayed on your kerbside.

View the Level 2 Water Restrictions information sheet ( PDF, 0.08 MB ) for full details.

NOTE: Penalties can be issued for any breaches under the Water Supply (Safety & Reliability) Act 2008.

At a glance

  • User pays encourages water conservation – the less you use, the less you pay
  • A typical Cairns household uses more than 200,000 litres of water a year
  • Residential properties pay $1.17 for 1000 litres of drinking water
  • Commercial properties pay $1.24 for 1000 litres of drinking water

Permanent water conservation measures

Permanent water conservation measures promote responsible and efficient use of town water. Watering in the cool of the day ensures low evaporation rates and by alternating watering times between odd and even numbered houses we are supporting the sustainable use of water.

Why is water conservation important?

"There's no place like our place - lets keep it that way".

Our region receives some of the highest rainfall in Australia - but saving water is important for many reasons, including:

  • We get most of our rainfall in the wet season and our water storage facilities can run low towards the end of the dry season
  • Growing population and limited water storage capacity is putting our water supply under increasing pressure
  • Environmental flows must be maintained in local creeks and waterways to keep these ecosystems healthy
  • Water treatment and pumping uses a lot of energy.  Saving water helps to save electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • The more water you use, the larger your water bill

Please view Why Cairns residents need to save water on the Cairns Regional Council YouTube site

How to save water

A few simple adjustments to the way you use water around the home can make a big difference to your bill, our seasonal water security and the health of local waterways.

  • be water wise in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry
  • be water wise in the garden
  • do a home water audit

Please view the Cairns Regional Council YouTube site for How to save water in the home.

"My eldest son stuck little water saving notes around the house for a school project.  They work so well we've left them up", G. Curby of Mooroobool.

Water conservation watering and sprinkler times

Permanent water conservation measures are in place for private gardens and commercial watering.  Make sure you only irrigate your garden within the following times:

  • Odd-numbered houses permitted to use sprinklers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between the hours of 5am - 9am and 5pm - 9pm.
  • Even-numbered houses permitted to use sprinklers on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between the hours of 5am - 9am and 5pm - 9pm.
  • No sprinkler use permitted on Monday.
  • Hand-held hoses with a trigger nozzle, watering cans and buckets can be used at any time.

Free tap tags and fridge magnets are available from all Council libraries and customer service to assist as reminders of these permitted times.

Please view the Cairns Regional Council YouTube site for our standard watering times to learn when you can water your gardens and lawns. These times are in affect all year round.

Our water story

Please view the Cairns Regional Council YouTube site for Our water story, providing detailed information on our water and wastewater supplies and treatment.

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Last updated: 18 September 2017