restrictions
There are no current water restrictions for Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset.

Water restrictions are in place for some of our off-grid communities in the Scenic Rim.
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Medium-level water restrictions apply to Beaudesert, Boonah, Kalbar, Mt Alford, Aratula, Rathdowney, Kooralbyn and Canungra. These towns are not connected to the SEQ Water Grid and rely on their own local water storages.

We have already seen how well the Scenic Rim community rallies together, and we’re encouraging you to further increase your water saving efforts to help preserve local water storages as we enter the winter dry season.

We’re encouraging residents to use less than 140 litres per person per day by looking for opportunities to save water around the home and garden. 

As Peak Crossing, Warrill View and Harrisville are connected to the SEQ Water Grid, water restrictions won't apply in these communities until the combined level of the Grid dams reaches 50 per cent.

Below is a summary of the water sources for water supply schemes in the Scenic Rim.

Supply Scheme
Bulk Water Source
Drought response status
Beaudesert Logan River, via Maroon Dam
Not activated
Rathdowney
Logan River, via Maroon Dam Not activated
Kooralbyn
Logan River, via Maroon Dam Not activated
Kalbar, Boonah, Aratula and Mt Alford
Reynolds Creek, via Moogerah Dam
Level 1 drought response
Canungra Canungra Creek
Level 1 drought response

For the latest dam levels, visit www.seqwater.com.au/dam-levels

Current conditions in Canungra

Urban Utilities and Seqwater activated level one drought response in Canungra in early June, when the creek dropped below seven megalitres per day.

According to Seqwater’s monitoring, flows in Canungra Creek increased to 30 megalitres per day in mid-June following rain, but since then flows have dropped. As such, despite recent rain Canungra remains in drought response.

Unfortunately there’s no more rain forecast for the immediate future, so we expect the flows in the creek to continue to drop. We will continue to work closely with Seqwater so we can keep the community updated, as levels in the creek can change quickly.

Please continue to be waterwise as the winter dry season continues, while maintaining good hygiene practices during COVID-19, such as washing hands regularly.

We’re asking residents to please revisit the great water saving behaviours they adopted over summer, when usage was below 100 litres per person per day.

Seqwater’s Canungra Water Treatment Plant is continuing to supply the town with treated water from Canungra Creek. Seqwater is also monitoring flows in the creek closely.  If Canungra Creek stops flowing and Seqwater need to take their water treatment plant offline, Seqwater will tanker drinking water to Canungra to maintain the town supply.

Tanker filling station update

The Canungra tanker filling station will remain open as long as possible, however it could be closed if Canungra Creek stops flowing. We recommend you start considering your alternative plans now, including driving to the nearest filling station in Beaudesert.

We will continue to provide regular updates on the changing conditions and encourage you to sign up for email updates.

More information

There are currently no water restrictions in Somerset, however we always encourage you to be waterwise.

Saving water in Somerset

As the winter dry season continues, we’re reminding residents in Somerset to look at ways to continue to save water around their home and garden.

The township of Jimna isn’t connected to the SEQ Water Grid and relies on water sources from the ‘Big Hole’ via Yabba Creek. Jimna entered into drought response in May when Seqwater advised flows in the creek had dropped and water stopped flowing.

Seqwater is also monitoring flows in the Brisbane River at Linville, which have dropped recently. If drought continues, Seqwater would tanker water into Linville and Jimna if required to maintain town supply. Wivenhoe Dam, which supplies water to the SEQ Water Grid as well as local water treatment plants at Esk and Lowood, dropped below 50 per cent in late May.

There are plenty of ways to save water around the home and garden, while also maintaining good hygiene practices during COVID-19.

Simple ways to save water inside include:

  • taking shorter showers,
  • turning the tap off while brushing your teeth, and
  • only doing full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine.

Outside the house:

  • avoid watering between 8am and 4pm,
  • mulch your garden to retain moisture, and
  • water less often but for a little longer to encourage deeper root growth.

Weather and climate can quickly affect water catchments, so we encourage always being mindful of how much water you are using.

Below is a summary of the water sources for water supply schemes in Somerset: 

Supply Scheme
Bulk Water Source
Drought response status
Jimna The Big Hole, via Yabba Creek
Level one drought response
Linville
Brisbane River at Linville
Not activated
Kilcoy
Somerset Dam
Not activated
Somerset
Somerset Dam
Not activated
Esk/Toogoolawah Wivenhoe Dam
Not activated
Lowood (supplies Lowood, Fernvale, Glenore Grove, Gatton, Helidon, Withcott, Grantham, Forest Hill and Laidley)
 Wivenhoe Dam
Not activated

For the latest dam levels, visit www.seqwater.com.au/dam-levels

There are currently no water restrictions in Brisbane, however we always encourage you to be waterwise.

There are currently no water restrictions in Ipswich, however we always encourage you to be waterwise.

There are currently no water restrictions in the Lockyer Valley, however we always encourage you to be waterwise.

Saving water in the Lockyer Valley

As the winter dry season continues, we’re reminding residents in the Lockyer Valley to look at ways to continue to save water around their home and garden.

Water supply in the Lockyer Valley is not connected to the SEQ Water Grid and relies on Seqwater’s water treatment plant at Lowood.

We welcomed decent rainfall across the South East in January and February, but unfortunately there has been a lack of follow up rain and we’re seeing the impact on local water storages across the South East.

Seqwater is responsible for monitoring bulk water supplies and we are working closely with them so we can keep communities updated if we progress further into drought.

Wivenhoe Dam, which supplies water to the SEQ Water Grid as well as local water treatment plants at Esk and Lowood, dropped below 50 per cent in late May.

There are plenty of ways to save water around the home and garden, while also maintaining good hygiene practices during COVID-19.
Simple ways to save water inside include:

  • taking shorter showers,
  • turning the tap off while brushing your teeth, and
  • only doing full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine.

Outside the house:

  • avoid watering between 8am and 4pm,
  • mulch your garden to retain moisture, and
  • water less often but for a little longer to encourage deeper root growth.

Weather and climate can quickly affect water catchments, so we encourage always being mindful of how much water you are using.

Below is a summary of the Lockyer Valley's water supply scheme:

Supply Scheme
Bulk Water Source
Drought response status
Lowood (supplies Lowood, Fernvale, Glenore Grove, Gatton, Helidon, Withcott, Grantham, Forest Hill and Laidley)
Wivenhoe Dam
Not activated

For the latest dam levels, visit www.seqwater.com.au/dam-levels

restrictions

A quick guide to restrictions

The below is a summary only and does not contain all the restrictions. For full details, download the Water Restriction Schedules.

Activity
What can you do?
What can't you do?

For full details, download the Water Restriction Schedule 


Watering established lawns and gardens - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

water established gardens and lawns at the following times:

  • odd numbered properties between 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • even or un-numbered properties between 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

You can use:

  • a hand-held hose with a twist or trigger nozzle
  • Sprinklers with a timer

You can use a bucket or watering can at any time.

You can't:

  • use more than one hose at a time on a property
  • use a hose without a twist or trigger nozzle or hoses which are not hand-held (e.g. left to run hooked on a tree)
  • use a soaker hose
  • use sprinklers without a timer
Watering newly established lawns and gardens - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

water new lawns and gardens using a sprinkler with a timer and hand-held hose with a twist or trigger nozzle for:

  • one hour only on the day of establishment, or
  • for one hour in total each day between 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm for 21 days after the date of establishment.

Where suitable fit-for-purpose alternative water supplies can be used, this must be used prior to using potable water supply.

General outdoor cleaning - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

use water for general outdoor cleaning at any time using: 

  • a bucket
  • a hand-held hose
  • a high-pressure water cleaning unit.

General outdoor cleaning includes cleaning of:

  • vehicles
  • external surfaces of a building
  • materials and equipment
  • animal pet pens and enclosures.

Cleaning for health and safety is permitted at any time by any suitable means.

You can't

  • use potable water to remove loose items that could be easily removed by a broom, blower or similar device
     

 

 

Cleaning paved surfaces - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

  • only use potable water to clean paved surfaces when dealing with significant soiling or to prevent material risks to health, safety or the environment
  • If this is the case, cleaning can only occur using a bucket, hand-held hose or a high-pressure water cleaning unit

You can’t:

  • use potable water to remove loose items that could be easily removed by a broom, blower or similar device.
Private pool and spa top ups - Residential

You can:

top up swimming pools and spas at any time if:

  • a down pipe diverter or rainwater tank is used, 
  • a pool cover is in place when pool is not in use, or
  • the pool is Climate Care certified
Water wastage - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

  • help water saving efforts by repairing internal leaks as quickly as possible, such as dripping taps or leaking toilets.

 

 

 

You can't:

  • have leaking taps and plumbing fittings and overflowing containers or structures (including pools, spas and rainwater tanks)
  • allow water to flow onto roads, pathways and driveways during irrigation.

Activity
What can you do?
What can't you do?

For full details, download the Water Restriction Schedule

Watering established lawns and gardens - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

water established gardens and lawns with a hand-held hose with a twist or trigger nozzle at the following times:

  • Odd numbered properties between 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm on Tuesday and Saturday
  • Even or un-numbered properties between 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm on Wednesday and Sunday.

You can use a bucket or watering can at any time.

You can't:

  • use sprinklers
  • use more than one hose at a time on a property
  • use a hose without a twist or trigger nozzle or hoses which are not hand-held

 

Watering newly established lawns and gardens - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

water new lawns and gardens using a sprinkler with a timer and a hand-held hose with a twist or trigger nozzle for:

  • one hour only on the day of establishment,
  • your permitted watering times above,or
  • for one hour total each day between 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm for 14 days after the date of establishment.

Where suitable fit-for-purpose alternative water supplies can be used, this must be used prior to using potable water supply.

General outdoor cleaning - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

use water for general outdoor cleaning at the following times:

  • odd numbered properties - Tuesday and Saturday
  • even or un-numbered properties - Wednesday and Sunday

You can use:

  • a bucket,
  • a hand‐held hose or
  • a high‐pressure water cleaning unit.

General outdoor cleaning includes cleaning of:

  • vehicles
  • external surfaces of a building
  • materials and equipment
  • animal pet pens and enclosures.

Cleaning for health and safety is permitted at any time by any suitable means.

Cleaning paved surfaces - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

  • only use potable water to clean paved surfaces when dealing with significant soiling or to prevent material risks to health, safety or the environment.
  • If this is the case, cleaning can only occur using a bucket, hand-held hose or a high-pressure water cleaning unit.

 You can't:

  • use potable water to remove loose items that could be easily removed by a broom, blower or similar device.

 

 

Private pool and spa top ups - Residential

You can:

top up swimming pools and spas at any time if:

  • a down pipe diverter or rainwater tank is use,
  • a pool cover is in place when pool is not in use, or
  • the pool is Climate Care certified.
Water wastage - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

  • help water saving efforts by repairing internal leaks as quickly as possible, such as dripping taps or leaking toilets.

 

 

 

You can't:

  • have leaking taps and plumbing fittings and overflowing containers or structures (including pools, spas and rainwater tanks)
  • allow water to flow onto roads, pathways and driveways during irrigation.

Activity
What can you do?
What can't you do?

For full details, download the Water Restriction Schedule

Watering established lawns and gardens - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

use a bucket or watering can to water established gardens and lawns at the following times:

  • Odd numbered properties - 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm Tuesday and Saturday
  • Even or un-numbered properties - 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm Wednesday and Sunday.

You can't:

  • use sprinklers or hoses of any kind.

 

 

 

Watering newly established gardens and lawns - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

use a bucket or watering can to water newly established gardens and lawns at the following times:

  • odd numbered properties - 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm Tuesday and Saturday
  • even or un-numbered properties - 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm Wednesday and Sunday.

 

 You can't:

  • use sprinklers or hoses of any kind.
General outdoor cleaning - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

use water for general outdoor cleaning at the following times:

  • odd numbered properties - 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm Tuesday and Saturday
  • even or un-numbered properties - 4am - 8am and 4pm - 8pm Wednesday and Sunday.

You can use:

  • a bucket or
  • a high-pressure water cleaning unit.

General outdoor cleaning includes cleaning of:

  • vehicles
  • external surfaces of a building
  • materials and equipment
  • animal pet pens and enclosures.

Cleaning for health and safety is permitted at any time by any suitable means.

 You can't:

  • use a hose for general cleaning of hard surfaces such as paths, driveways and paved area
Cleaning paved surfaces - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

  • only use town water supplies to clean paved surfaces for health and safety reasons, at any time by any suitable means.

You can't

  • use potable water to remove loose items that could be easily removed by a broom, blower or similar device.
Private pool and spa top ups - Residential

You can:

top up swimming pools and spas at any time if:

  • a down pipe diverter or rainwater tank is use,
  • a pool cover is in place when pool is not in us, or
  • the pool is Climate Care certified. 
Water wastage - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

  • help water saving efforts by repairing internal leaks as quickly as possible, such as dripping taps or leaking toilets.

 

You can't:

  • have leaking taps and plumbing fittings and overflowing containers or structures (including pools, spas and rainwater tanks)
  • allow water to flow onto roads, pathways and driveways during irrigation.

Activity
What can you do?
What can't you do?

For full details, download the Water Restriction Schedule

Watering established lawns and gardens - Residential and non-residential premises

There is a total outdoor watering ban.

 

You can't:

  • use sprinklers, hoses, watering cans or buckets
Watering newly established lawns and gardens - Residential and non-residential premises
 There is a total outdoor watering ban.

You can't:

  • use sprinklers, hoses, watering cans or buckets
General outdoor cleaning - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

use water for general outdoor cleaning, only when using a bucket filled directly from a tap to:

  • spot clean a surface to remove potentially paint or surface damaging mark, 
  • clean only vehicle mirrors, vehicle lights, glass and number plates to maintain safe operation and satisfy number plate visibility requirements,
  • clean other such parts of a vehicle to comply with statutory or regulatory operation, or
  • flush an inboard or outboard motor or vehicle brake to prevent corrosion and maintain safe operation.

Cleaning for health and safety is permitted at any time by any suitable means.

 
Cleaning paved surfaces - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

  • only use town water supplies to clean paved surfaces for health and safety reasons, at any time by any suitable means.

You can’t:

  • use potable water to remove loose items that could be easily removed by a broom, blower or similar device.
Private pool and spa top ups - Residential

Town water is not permitted to be used for swimming pool and spa top ups.

Water wastage - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

  • help water saving efforts by repairing internal leaks as quickly as possible, such as dripping taps or leaking toilets.

 

You can't:

  • have leaking taps and plumbing fittings and overflowing containers or structures (including pools, spas and rainwater tanks)

Activity
What can you do?
What can't you do?

For full details, download the Water Restriction Schedule

Watering established lawns and gardens - Residential and non-residential premises
There is a total outdoor watering ban.

You can't:

  • use sprinklers, hoses, watering cans or buckets.
Watering newly established lawns and gardens - Residential and non-residential premises
There is a total outdoor watering ban.

You can't:

  • use sprinklers, hoses, watering cans or buckets.
General outdoor cleaning - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

Use water for general outdoor cleaning, only when using a bucket filled directly from a tap to:

  • spot clean a surface to remove potentially paint or surface damaging mark,
  • clean only vehicle mirrors, vehicle lights, glass and number plates to maintain safe operation and satisfy number plate visibility requirements, or
  • clean other such parts of a vehicle as required to comply with statutory or regulatory obligations.

Water can also be used to flush an inboard or outboard motor or vehicle brakes to prevent corrosion and maintain safe operation.

Cleaning for health and safety is permitted at any time by any suitable means.

Cleaning paved surfaces - Residential and non-residential premises

 You can:

  • only use town water supplies to clean paved surfaces for health and safety reasons, at any time by any suitable means.

 You can't:

  • use potable water to remove loose items that could be easily removed by a broom, blower or similar device.
Private pool and spa top ups - Residential premises

Town water is not permitted to be used for swimming pool and spa top ups.

Water wastage - Residential and non-residential premises

You can:

  • help water saving efforts by repairing internal leaks as quickly as possible, such as dripping taps or leaking toilets.

 

You can't:

  • have leaking taps and plumbing fittings and overflowing containers or structures.