MODERATE water restrictions come in force across the MidCoast region from Monday 2 September – with MidCoast Council warning that tighter restrictions could follow in the coming weeks.
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“We’re asking everyone across the MidCoast to ensure they are complying with these restrictions, which are mandatory,” said Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Rob Scott.
“The weather forecasts and our predictions of water usage indicate that we may need to increase restrictions, possibly as early as October.”
Moderate restrictions mean that you can water outside using hand-held hoses, for one hour every second day, before 9am or after 4pm. Garden irrigation systems may only be used for 15 minutes as part of the one hour allocation.
If your house number is an even number, water on the even days of the month; for houses with odd numbers, water on the odd days of the month, and there’s no watering at all on the 31st day of any month. This includes topping up home pools.
In addition, use buckets, with trigger hose rinsing for washing cars and boats. If possible, always wash vehicles and flush boat motor engines on grassed areas – this will help keep your lawn alive!
Outdoor cleaning of driveways, paved areas, windows, walls and roofs should all be undertaken using buckets only.
The restrictions apply to households, businesses and public areas – with Council restricting their watering of parks and public areas also.
Council says that the community’s sustained efforts to conserve water during this winter, and good management of the water supply, meant that water restrictions were avoided during an exceptionally dry winter.
“We have always appreciated the high level of cooperation from our community in times of restrictions, and we thank everyone for their efforts to save water now. We are facing a very dry spring and we will be relying on community support to conserve our water supplies and make it through this incredibly dry time.”
Residents can keep updated about water restrictions by following Council on Facebook, or visiting www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/waterrestrictions for fact sheets, guidelines and more information about how MidCoast water use is managed.