Eurobodalla Shire Council is taking decisive action in securing the region’s water supply skipping level 2 and going straight to level 3 water restrictions.
“Given the dry outlook for summer, it will be easier for our community to transition directly to level 3 restrictions than jump through the levels before the busy holiday period,” says Council’s Director of Infrastructure Warren Sharpe.
The move from level 1 to level 3 comes into play this Monday – December 2.
“The lack of rain and any flow in our rivers means we are reliant on the Deep Creek Dam to supply the shire with water,” Mr Sharpe says.
Deep Creek Dam is currently at 66 percent capacity, and current trends showed it dropping at about 1.5 percent each week.
“Securing our potable water through summer will need the whole community to pull together – that’s residents and visitors, households, business and government – with information on what is and is not allowed tailored to each of those groups. For example, welcome cards in tourist accommodation let visitors know water restrictions are in place and encourage them to conserve our water,” he says.
“For locals, level 3 restricts outside water use to a handheld hose for up to an hour per day between either 6 and 8 am or 6 and 8 pm. Boaties will find water has been turned off at the boat ramps and they’ll need to flush their motors on the grass at home.”
Mr Sharpe says level 1 restrictions were very much about educating the community on wise water use.
“That will continue under level 3 restrictions, but we’ll be tougher on those flouting the rules, including on the spot fines.”
For more information about the Eurobodalla’s water restrictions visit Council’s website, pick up a brochure at the shire’s libraries, or call 1800 441 070 for recorded information with current allowed and prohibited water use.
Level 3 Water Restrictions:
• Watering gardens and lawns: One hand-held hose, maximum 60 minutes per day between either 6-8am or 6-8pm.
• Fixed sprinklers, micro-spray systems, unattended hoses – BANNED
• Drip-irrigation systems – BANNED
• Washing hard surfaces including decks, paths and driveways – BANNED
• Washing private vehicles including cars, boats, bikes and trailers: On grass areas using buckets between 6 to 8 am or 6 to 8 pm. Final rinse with trigger nozzle hose.
• Boat motor flushing: on grass areas.
• Boat ramp facilities: motor flushing prohibited, rinse fish and cleaning tables with bucketed saltwater.
• Filling new private pools and external spas – BANNED
• Topping up existing covered pools and external spas: one hand-held hose, maximum 60 minutes per day between either 6 to 8 am or 6 to 8 pm.