18 December 2023

Eurobodalla Shire lifts water restrictions amid warning of dry summer

| Claire Sams
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Eurobodalla Shire Council has lessened its water restrictions after a short period of Level 1 restrictions. Photo: File.

Eurobodalla Shire Council has relaxed its water restrictions, but residents are still encouraged to be careful with their use.

Level 1 water restrictions came into force on 2 December, with Council concerned about the water level in the Deua and Tuross rivers despite heavy rainfall across much of the South Coast.

Council’s director of infrastructure Graham Attenborough said the Level 1 restrictions were lifted on Saturday (16 December).

“We’ve been monitoring water levels in the Tuross and Deua Rivers since last month’s heavy rain,” he said.

“While the summer forecast remains drier than average, we’re now confident there will be sufficient flow to meet demand over the busy summer holiday period.”

“Our water storage at Deep Creek Dam is operationally full.”

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Mr Attenborough called on everyone to follow the shire’s permanent water conservation measures.

“Council’s website has lots of information on how residents, visitors and businesses can all help preserve this vital resource, which includes a range of rebates for water saving devices,” he said.

People should only wash hard surfaces (such as paths, decks, driveways) with a trigger-nozzle hose when cleaning up after dangerous spills, prior to painting, or removing growths of algae or moss.

The public is also asked to wash private vehicles and flush motors on grass areas, using buckets and a final rinse with a trigger nozzle hose.

They should also cover private swimming pools and external spas when not in use, and washing boats and trailers at boat ramps is always prohibited.

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Eurobodalla Shire draws its water from several sources.

Between February and November, the whole shire is supplied by its northern system, which draws water from the Deua River to store at Deep Creek Dam and feed the northern water treatment plant.

Over December and January, an extra 4 ML per day is added from the southern system from the Tuross River to the southern water treatment plant.

Further information on water supply can be found by visiting Council’s website or by calling the water hotline on 1800 441 070.

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