At the time of writing (August 2017) Melbourne water levels were 63.2% full. The level has been gradually falling over the past three years as the Graph above shows.

On December 1st 2012 the Victorian Government replaced water restrictions with permanent water use rules. Hopefully most people are still maintaining many of the water conservation methods they adopted during the long drought.

Even though the restrictions have been lifted we must continue to treat water as a scarce resource and do everything we can do to use it wisely not only to ensure we all have enought water but also to help reduce our escallation water bill.

The following link will take you to the Melbourne Water website which has the most information you can possibly find about our water levels and their history.

The graph left showing Melbourne changing water levels was arguably one of the most recognisable graph in Melbourne during the drought.

Click here or on the graph to go to the Melbourne Water Website.



Below is a direct extract from the Melbourne Water website as at December 12, 2012.

They are still the same today.

Water Restrictions

From 1 December 2012, Stage 1 water restrictions were lifted and permanent water use rules were put in place.

Here's a summary of what that means for households.


Residential and commercial gardens and lawns

Hand watering
Gardens and lawns can be watered at any time, on any day using a   hand held  hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.

Watering systems          
Watering systems (manual, automatic, spray or dripper) can be used to water gardens and lawns from 6pm to 10am, on any day

Car washing

At home
Cars may be washed at home with the following methods at any time, on  any day:

  • High pressure cleaning unit
  • Hand held hose fitted with a trigger-nozzle
  • Watering can
  • Bucket