THE Fraser Coast Regional Council will implement Level Two water restrictions at the end of the month to slow down the depletion of the region’s dams.
Division 9 Councillor David Lee said the move was a proactive one.
He said the Fraser Coast’s water supplies were still in good shape, with Lenthall’s Dam sitting at around 63 per cent and the Teggington Weir at around 82 per cent but it was important to slow down usage as we approach the dryer months.
“The combination of dry weather conditions and increased water consumption means our dams are dropping by about one to two per cent a week,” Cr Lee said.
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“That’s why Council is encouraging Fraser Coast residents to keep an eye on their water use, and why the region will move to Level Two restrictions from 29 March, 2021,” he said.
“Every drop counts, and by being water-wise, you not only save water, you also save money on your water bill. About half our water is used outdoors, so that’s where the most opportunities are to save water and where level two water restrictions are targeted,” he explained.
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Under Level Two restrictions, residents will only be permitted to use sprinklers and irrigation systems three nights a week – between 6pm and 8am.
Level Two water restrictions include:
- Hand held hoses are permitted between 6pm and 8am but must have a water efficient trigger nozzle;
- Irrigation systems (sprinklers, drippers, soaker hoses) are permitted on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 6pm and 8am only;
- Washing windows and cleaning paved or concrete surfaces, external walls or public facilities is permitted at any time but only with a water efficient, high pressure device (eg gerni);
- Boat motor and trailer flushing is permitted at any time for a maximum of five minutes at a low water flow;
- Filling of swimming pools, spas and water features is only permitted between 6pm and 8am and must be monitored at all times;
- Vehicle and boat cleaning is permitted at an time with handheld hoses (fitted with a water efficient trigger nozzle) and
- Water tanks connected to or topped up by drinking water supply are subject to the current water restrictions.
Cr Lee said Council had a range of water-wise tips on its website and had been posting tips on social media as well.
“It might be mulching your garden, using a swimming pool cover or checking regularly for water leaks – every little bit helps, particularly during these dry times,” he said.
More information about the Fraser Coast’s current water restrictions is available, here.