Orange is set to be permanently on water restrictions.
A plan to go to Orange City Council on Tuesday night would see the city adopt a minimum level of rules to encourage water savings.
The Permanent Water Savings Standards, similar to a scheme operating across Victoria, would see the current Level 2 water restrictions become the norm.
The recommendation comes on the same night a councillor will seek to have all water restrictions removed.
Cr Scott Munro will ask council to give residents a break after years of water restrictions including 10 months of tough Level 5 rules.
The council report said Orange had been on at least Level 2 restrictions since 2010.
"The Orange community has markedly changed their behaviour towards water use across the city over the last 10 years whereby Level 2 water restrictions are now considered to be the new 'norm'," it said.
"Community sentiment is that council should implement Permanent Water Saving Standards and that these standards be defined by the Level 2 Water Restrictions criteria."
The scheme would have six levels largely similar to the existing levels.
One change to the existing Level 2 standards would be that residents would be allowed to wash walls, windows and hard surfaces, but only once a year.
The permanent rules would enshrine the odds and evens scheme following residential address numbers.
Residents would be restricted to watering their gardens and lawns during limited hours only every second day.
They would only be able to use watering systems, non-fixed sprinklers, hand-held hoses, micro-sprays, drip systems and soaker hoses.
Hours of operation would vary from summer to winter.
Car washing at home with a bucket and a hose-rinse would be allowed any day from 9am-noon.
Targets for water usage would be set at 220 litres per person per day during summer and 180 litres in the winter months.
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