Water Wise Rules

Central Coast residents are guided in Living Water Smart by Water Wise Rules. The Rules apply for all water customers in the Gosford and Wyong region from Monday 14 May 2012. 

The Central Coast Water Wise Rules are:

  • Watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or a trigger nozzle hose is permitted any day before 10am or after 4pm to avoid the heat of the day.
  • All hand held hoses must have a trigger nozzle
  • All vehicles should be washed with a bucket, trigger nozzle or pressure cleaner
  • No hosing of paths and driveways

These permanent rules apply to all water users including domestic, commercial, industrial and government who use water sourced from the town supply.

The voluntary daily water use target is 150 litres per person. You can get close to this target by looking at ways you can save water at home, installing water efficient technology and regularly checking your water meter. Everyone on the Central Coast should be doing all they can to live water smart.

See the detailed Water Wise Rules Guidelines.

Living Water Smart

Gosford and Wyong Councils encourage the community to make water conservation a normal part of everyday life and use common sense when applying the Water Wise Rules. For example:

  • Wash your car on the lawn wherever possible. This will not only water and fertilise your lawn but will also avoid stormwater pollution
  • Avoid any form of outdoor hosing between 10am and 4pm to avoid the heat of the day, when evaporation is high.
  • Use a broom to clean up leaves, grass clippings, dirt, dust and general litter on paths or driveways instead of hosing.


Water Wise Rules do not apply to the use of water from rainwater tanks, regardless of whether they are connected internally or are for external use only.

Water Wise Rules do not apply to the use of town water in the event of, or where there is risk of an accident, fire, hazard to health, safety or environment.  

Businesses and Residents do not need to apply for exemptions. There are a number of exclusions - see Questions and Answers for more information.