Melbourne is on permanent restrictions but they are low level at the moment.
There are time restrictions for the use of automatic watering systems, we musn't hose down hard services like driveways, hoses should have a trigger nozzle, and water features should be of the type that recycle water.
These are remnants of stricter measures that had to be in place at the height of the last drought. We have learnt from that to be lest wateful with this precious resource.
We are luckier than many and despit the controversary surrounding it we do now have the wonthaggi deslination plnat which has yet to be put into use.
I reckon if I had a house in the country I would do something other than lawns. Don't really know what as its a trade off between water onservation and keeping bush fire fuel away from the house. Perhaps a stone garden full of succulents.
I am in Townsville in North Queenslandd and we have also had water frestricytions for almost the entire 35 years I have been here .It always strikes us up here that this is simply ludicrous as many of us have Bore water which we use to keep our gardens green,and also there is so much water stored in this region that the restrictions are a bit of overkill!!! Before the huge Burdekin Dam was built in the mid 80'sI could understand it,but not now! Mind you,the restrictions are nothing dramatic at all.We can use sprinklers 3 days a week from 4.30 in the afternoon to 9 the following morning. Hand held hoses can be used by adults at any time at all. Monday is the only day when neither odd nor even numbered houses are not allowed to use sprinklers at all.
I'm in NSW ...I just had a look on the Web and we are on (in Sydney) ''Water-Wise'' Restrictions.
I can water my garden before 10am...and only after 4pm.
No washing driveways or hard surfaces.
You can use a hose to wash your car, and our Dam has only 60.08% of water at the moment.
We had them in Sydney a few years ago but not since. However, we decided to install a large water tank just for the gardens. The front one gets plenty of water when it rains and is usually watered every 2nd day when no rain but under our huge double carport, it gets no rain at all. We received our Summer water bill last week and were pleasantly surprised to have the lowest bill we've ever had. The orchids have regular watering as well and there's at least 100 of them in various growth stages and our raised veggie and herb gardens so we've done well with water.