Water Restrictions

We have implemented a Water Conservation Program to ensure the responsible management of the Whitsunday Region’s water supply through a number of strategies, including the introduction of water restrictions.

What are the current water restrictions in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket, Shute Harbour, Proserpine and surrounds?

With the prospect of continuing dry weather, residents in these areas are reminded that Level Two restrictions are in place effective from 16 December 2013. The Level Two restrictions will be in place until further notice. To protect our water supply and reduce any unnecessary increases in your bill, we encourage all residents and businesses to practice water efficient behaviours.

What are the current water restrictions in Bowen and Collinsville?

There are currently no water restrictions in Bowen and Collinsville.

How and when can I use water?

Under Level Two, water users in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket, Shute Harbour, Proserpine and surrounds will be restricted to the following policy:

Private gardens must not be watered except by means of: 

  • sprinklers that operate only between 6:00am and 8:00am and between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on alternate days;
  • hand held triggers hose only between 5:00am and 9:00am and between 5:00pm and 9:00pm;
  • micro-spray or drip system that operates only between 6:00pm and 8:00am;
  • watering can or bucket at any time;
  • Washing down concrete is also restricted.

View full details of Level Two water restrictions.

For businesses wishing to apply for an exemption, please download the Water Restrictions Application for Exemption or Amendment Form.

For further information, please contact us on 1300 972 753.

  • There are many ways to conserve water and save money on your water bills by reducing water usage in and around your home. Every drop of water you can save makes a difference in conserving our community's water supply. Be waterwise and make a difference by making simple changes in your day-to-day life!

    Saving water at home

    • Keep your showers to 4 minutes. 2 minutes less in the shower saves up to 30 litres of water!
    • Use as little water as possible in the bath by placing the plug in before you turn on the tap and fill the bath to less than a third full
    • Turn the tap off while you're brushing your teeth or shaving
    • Wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is fully loaded before you turn it on
    • Rinse vegetables in a bowl and then use the water on your garden
    • Store drinking-water in the fridge - running the tap until it's cool wastes up to 15 litres a minute
    • Don't flush the toilet needlessly and use the half-flush option when possible

    Saving water in your garden

    • Mulch your garden to retain soil moisture
    • Only water your lawn once a week for an hour
    • Only water your garden every second day for 30 minutes

    For more tips on how to be waterwise in and around your home, please visit the Queensland Government's website here.

    Be Waterwise: make a difference today

    Play your part, be water smart!