Water - Efficient Use Guidelines - Australian Capital Territory


You will be required to comply with these guidelines if you work in agriculture or horticulture and your business operation uses a considerable amount of water resources. These guidelines specify the recommended volumes of water for rural stock, agricultural and horticultural use. The guidelines contain five different classifications relating to the proposed use of the water. These are:

  • Irrigation of parkland and residential gardens;
  • Rural stock and domestic use;
  • For metered use other than described above;
  • Irrigation for agricultural or horticultural crops; and
  • All other unmetered use.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Water Resources Act 2007 ACT

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, Water Regulation Unit

Environment Protection Authority



Environment and Planning Directorate

Environment and Planning Directorate

Operating address: Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis St
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Phone: 13 22 81
Phone: 02 6207 1923
Email: environment.protection@act.gov.au