Comparing the restrictions here to what I have at home in the states is an apples to oranges comparison, but I've done it anyway. I couldn't find the information for my hometown or for the closest city, but I did find restrictions for a neighbouring town.
Restrictions for New South Wales:
- Hand-held hosing of lawns and gardens and drip irrigation is now allowed only on Wednesdays and Sundays before 10 am and after 4 pm
- No other watering systems or sprinklers are to be used at any time
- A permit from Sydney Water is required to fill new or renovated pools bigger than 10,000 litres
- No hosing of hard surfaces including vehicles at any time
- No hoses or taps to be left running unattended, except when filling pools or containers
- Fire hoses must only be used for fire fighting purposes – not for cleaning.
- Recycled water, bore water and water used for testing fire systems, fire fighting and related activities are excluded from restrictions.
Corporations now face a fine of $550 for each breach. Fines for water theft have risen to $2,200.
The following are still permitted at any time:
- Using a bucket or watering can to wash and rinse vehicles or water lawns and gardens.
- Topping up any existing swimming pool.
- Filling a pool less than 10,000L capacity.
- Using water from a rainwater tank, as long as it is not connected to or topped up from Sydney Water mains.
- Using a hose with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning device to clean boat bilges and boat trailer brakes and wheels.
- Using a hose to flush boat engines.
- Cleaning garbage bins using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or with an on/off switch.
- Cleaning garbage bins should be done within an official bin wash area or on grass.
Restrictions for Queensland:
- No watering of established lawns with town water.
- Watering of established gardens is allowed 3 days a week between 4 and 7 pm only. (The day of week depends on your house number). The watering must be done with a bucket, watering can or other approved device and not from a hand held hose (unless you’ve been given a concession due to age, medical reasons, etc).
- Watering of newly established lawns and gardens is allowed by hand held hose for 1 hour on the day of establishment and for 1 hour between 4 am and 7 am or 4 pm and 7 pm for 14 days after the date of establishment (receipt of installation is required).
- New and renovated pools and spas require approval for filling with town water.
- You may top up an existing pool or spa between 4 pm and 7 pm on your 3 watering days per week if one of the conditions below applies:
- The premises has a rainwater tank or downpipe rainwater diverter installed and connected to the pool.
- All available water from the rainwater tank or downpipe rainwater diverter is used to top up the pool or spa prior to using town water.
- The premises also complies with three of the following four measures.
- A swimming pool or spa cover is used to cover the pool or spa when not in use.
- All showerheads, kitchen basin taps and bathroom basin taps on the premises are water efficient.
- All toilets on the premises are water efficient.
- Only water efficient washing machines are used on the premises.
- Where water is used from a bucket filled directly from a tap to:
- Clean only vehicle mirrors, vehicle lights, glass and number plates to maintain safe operation and satisfy number plate visibility requirements; or
- Clean such other parts of a vehicle as required to comply with statutory or regulatory obligations; or
- Spot clean the body of a vehicle to remove potentially paint damaging marks; or
- To flush an inboard or outboard motor or vehicle brakes to prevent corrosion and maintain safe operation
Restrictions for my neighbouring town in the US:
- Lawn watering is limited to two days per week with no watering on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- Hand held hoses may be used for flower and vegetable gardens without hour or day restrictions.