Issues such as buildings and grounds, and essential services maintenance.
Please scroll to the bottom of the page for contacts and links
Do you need to comply?
Probably – the severity of water restrictions will depend on your locality.
Conditions of compliance
Under the Water Industry Act 1994 (Vic.), water authorities have the power to introduce and enforce water restrictions.
If you have to comply, what do you have to do?
Your school must abide by the water restrictions applicable to your locality.
Check with your local metropolitan or regional water authority for information on water restrictions that may be in place in your area. Some restrictions are modified to account for local conditions. Contact links for each authority are provided below.
Restrictions are only applicable to customers on a reticulated supply. These restrictions do not apply to customers using rainwater, stream diversions or groundwater. (Restrictions on groundwater and surface water diversions are dealt with via your local rural water authority).
Exemptions from water restrictions, to cover certain circumstances, can be applied for through your local water authority.
What are the consequences if you don’t comply?
Water restriction officers have the authority to issue on-the-spot fines. Water customers who break water restrictions could have their water supply restricted or face prosecution.
Who will help you?
Independent Schools Victoria contact:
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211
School Services Advisor
Ph. 03 9825 7275
Links and Resources
Department of Environment and Primary Industries: Water – Managing our Precious Living Asset
Waterwatch Victoria (contains links to the websites of Regional Urban Water Authorities, Rural Water Authorities and Melbourne Metropolitan Water Authorities)