Current Restrictions

Permanent Water Conservation Measures now in place

Water Restrictions

Queanbeyan City Council has entered into an agreement with the Icon Water to purchase water from it. Queanbeyan’s water supply comes from Googong Dam, which is located in NSW, but is owned by the ACT Government.

Due to our arrangements with Icon Water, Council follows its lead when it comes to water restrictions. Queanbeyan and the ACT spent almost four years on Stage 4 water restrictions due to the severe drought which affected the majority of NSW.

Above average rainfall in 2010 saw the restrictions eased to Stage 2 in September. In November 2010 Council announced that it would be ceasing staged water restrictions due to the high level of the region’s dams. Water restrictions were replaced with Permanent Water Conservation Measures to ensure the community remains water smart even when supplies are at a high level.

Features of the Permanent Water Conservation Measures include:

  • Watering of plants and lawns at any time.
  • Sprinklers can be used on lawns and plants before 9am and after 6pm on any day from 1 September to 31 May (inclusive).
  • Vehicles may be washed at any time on a lawn or other porous surface. 
  • Windows and other external parts of buildings may be washed at any time using a bucket and mop/brush, squeegee or a high-pressure low-volume cleaner.
  • Private fountains and ponds may now be filled or topped up using a bucket, a watering can or a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
  • Pools and spas with a capacity of 3,000 litres or more may be topped up before 9am or after 6pm on any day provided that a cover is fitted when the pool or spa is not in use and the pool/spa is registered with Icon Water. 
  • Filling of new pools requires an exemption from Icon Water. 
  • Water storage tanks, dams or lakes must not be filled or topped up using potable water.   

For the entire Permanent Water Conservation Measures or more information contact Icon Water on 6248 3111 or visit their website at 

Water Exemption Application    

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