Smart Water Choices at home

Smart Water Choices are the Lower Hunter’s mandatory Permanent Water Conservation Measures.

These simple, everyday choices will help our community maintain our new normal by continuing the great water saving behaviours they have demonstrated during Level 1 water restrictions.

Use a trigger nozzle, water before 10am or after 4pm, sweep hard surfaces

Quick look at Smart Water Choices

Trigger nozzle

All hand held hoses must have a trigger nozzle. Trigger nozzles provide more control over the water flow of your hose so less water is wasted.


Only watering the garden before 10 am or after 4 pm. This avoids the hottest part of the day when water wastage occurs due to evaporation.

Hard surfaces

No hosing of hard surfaces such as concrete, paths and driveways. By swapping to a broom or leaf blower, you'll save water from being washed down the drain.


Watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or hose is permitted any day before 10am or after 4pm.

What's allowed under Smart Water Choices?

What's excluded from Smart Water Choices?

There are basic exclusions from Smart Water Choices, including:

  • Recycled Water
  • Greywater (water from sinks, showers, washing machines etc.)
  • Rainwater (provided the tank/dam is not topped from or switched to, the drinking water supply)
  • Bore water
  • Water used for firefighting, testing and related activities.

Helpful links

Frequently asked questions

About Smart Water Choices


Bore water

Inside your home

Gardens and outdoors





It's smart business to love water

We recognise that water is crucial to economic activity and community life however water is a finite resource so we need to save it now, for the future.

Ways to save water in the home

There are many simple ways we can all work together to save bucket loads of water. Find out how you can save your buckets here!