LEVEL 3 water restrictions will be implemented within the Hervey Bay supply network next month as authorities try to further reduce the amount of water used on a daily basis.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said not enough rain had fallen in the right places since April 2020.
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Lenthall’s Dam is currently sitting below 50 per cent capacity.
The new restrictions will take effect on Monday, 8 November 2021.
“Council is introducing Level 3 water restrictions for the Hervey Bay water supply network for the first time since 2007 to try to reduce daily water use by at least 20 per cent and slow down the reduction of Lenthall’s Dam,” he said.
“About half our water use is outdoors so that’s where the most opportunities are to save water and where restrictions are targeted.”
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Under the new restrictions, sprinklers and irrigation systems will be banned and residents in the Hervey Bay water supply network will only be allowed to water established gardens with a hose for an hour a day, three days a week.
Watering established lawns with town water will not be permitted and cars, boats and pets can only be washed with a bucket. The restrictions also mean children’s play pools cannot be used.
Cr Seymour said it was time for the community to work together to save water.
“We appreciate a lot of people take pride in their lawns and gardens, but as a community, we need to work together to save water. That means gardens and lawns may not look as good in the months to come, but every drop counts during dry times.
“The Teddington Weir and Mary Barrage are in better shape, so we are maintaining Level 2 water restrictions for Maryborough for now.”
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While Level 2 water restrictions have been put in place seven times in the last 16 years, this is only the second time the Fraser Coast has had to move to Level 3 water restrictions.
Cr Seymour said Council was also currently developing a new water security strategy to assess future water supply options, the costs and when they may be needed.
“Based on current climate and population forecasts, the most recent strategies from 2015 have identified there is enough water supply to support growth in our community through to 2046 for Hervey Bay and 2066 for Maryborough,” he said.
“The new strategy will reassess all this information and consider potential options for future water supplies, including connecting Maryborough and Hervey Bay water storages, additional surface water sources or off-stream storages, desalination, purified recycled water and ground water.
“Initial community consultation occurred earlier this year with the strategy expected to be finalised by March 2022.”
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Level 3 water restrictions will be implemented in Hervey Bay and surrounding areas stretching from Burrum Heads and Howard across to River Heads.
Level 3 water restrictions:
- Hand-held hoses are permitted between 5pm and 6pm to water established gardens at even numbered properties on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and odd numbered properties on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, but must have a water efficient nozzle;
- Irrigation systems (sprinklers, drippers, soaker hoses) are banned and watering established lawns with town water is not permitted;
- Washing windows and external walls, and cleaning paved or concrete surfaces, is only allowed with buckets. Commercial cleaning businesses can use high pressure cleaners;
- Boat motor and trailing flushing is permitted at any time for a maximum of five minutes at a low water flow;
- Filling swimming pools, spas and water features is permitted with buckets at any time and with hand-held hoses before 8am or after 5pm to maintain minimum operating levels; and
- Washing cars, boats and pets can only be done with a bucket. Children’s play pools, toys and water slides cannot be used.
Level 2 restrictions for Maryborough 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; and
- Vehicle and boat cleaning is permitted at any time with handheld hoses (fitted with a water efficient trigger nozzle).
Full details of all water restrictions, including how Level 3 water restrictions apply at homes, businesses and Council facilities, is available here.
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