South Australia's water restrictions are put in place and administrated by SA Water. For the current water restrictions visit the SA Water website or call the Water Restrictions Hotline on 1800 130 952.
Saving Water in the Homes and Garden
There are a number of simple ways to save water around the house.
Approximately 40% of the average household's water is used outdoors and in the garden. Have a look at Council's Planting Guide to find plants which have evolved to handle our local conditions and require less water.
Australia has a mandatory water efficiency labeling and standards (WELS). The scheme applies to showerheads, washing machines, toilets, dishwashers and some types of taps. You can tell at a glance how water efficient the product is - the more stars on the label, the more water efficient the product. For more information about the WELS scheme visit http://www.waterrating.gov.au/
There is also a waterwise labeling scheme in place for outdoor household products. When shopping for your outdoor water saving products keep an eye out for the 'Smart Approved WaterMark' logo. Alternatively visit http://www.smartwatermark.org/ for more information.
If you are considering purchasing a rainwater tank for your home make sure you have the right sized water tank for its intended use. Click here for a guide to choosing the right-sized tank.
Some people are concerned that drinking rainwater might make them ill. Generally, using rainwater is safe providing that the system is well maintained.
Council's Environmental Health Department (8372 8816) can provide a brochure on how to install and maintain your tank to minimise any potential health risks or for more detailed information, the Department of Water Resources has produced a comprehensive booklet 'Use of Rainwater'.
You may be able to apply for a rebate through SA Water. Please contact the Water Wise Hotline on 1800 130 952.
Greywater is waste water from the kitchen, laundry, bath, shower or hand basin. It does not include blackwater, which is waste water from toilets. To save water households can reuse greywater to water their lawns or gardens in accordance with the Department of Health guidelines.
Recent changes to legislation allow for the manual bucketing of greywater and the temporary diversion of greywater onto lawns and gardens. The Department of Health has developed a fact sheet on safe manual bucketing and temporary diversion of greywater which can be accessed by clicking here.
Due to the potential risks associated with greywater use, permanent systems require approval by the Council or the Department of Health. Guidelines for the installation of permanent greywater systems can be accessed by clicking here.
The stormwater drains in our street are linked directly to our local waterways. The water that enters our stormwater system goes untreated and pollutants that enter our waterways accumulate to create a massive problem.
To maintain the quality of the water in our local water ways think before allowing anything to enter the stormwater system.
If it is not rain, it does not belong in the drain.
For more information on how you can help to prevent stormwater pollution visit our pollution prevention page.
South Australia's Water Quality
To view water quality data of waterways in South Australia visit http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/water_quality.html.