Water restrictions tighten across the MidCoast


From Monday 11 November, Very High – Level 3 water restrictions will come into force across the entire MidCoast region.

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“We’re asking the community to continue to support water restrictions in complying with the new Very High measures, 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 even further as we move into a hot and dry summer.”

Very High (Level 3) water restrictions mean that you can water outside using hand-held hoses, for ten minutes every second day, before 9am or after 4pm. 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.

There is now a total ban on all sprinklers and garden irrigation systems, and topping up swimming pools. In addition, use buckets, with trigger hose rinsing for washing cars and boats, as part of your ten minute allocation. 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 can only be undertaken using buckets.

The restrictions apply to households, businesses and public areas – with Council restricting their watering of parks and public areas also. Businesses which require outdoor water use will need to contact Council to complete a water management plan detailing how they can save as much water as possible. Visitors to our area over this summer will receive water restrictions messages, with accommodation providers being supported to provide information.

“Businesses will be permitted to continue water use for commercial use, but we are urging them to conserve water wherever possible and to ensure their systems are in working order and do not waste water.”

Council says that the community’s sustained efforts to conserve water during this winter, and good management of the water supply has allowed us to conserve water up to this point.

“We appreciate 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 summer ahead and we will be relying on everyone to conserve our water supplies and make it through this incredibly dry time.”

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