11 September 2019

Eurobodalla to go to Level 2 water restrictions on December 1

| Ian Campbell
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Deua River, October 2018. Photo: ESC

Deua River, October 2018. Photo: ESC

The start of summer will see water restrictions in the Eurobodalla go up a notch, with Council enforcing level 2 restrictions from Saturday, December 1.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Infrastructure Services Director Warren Sharpe says the measures will help conserve the Eurobodalla’s water supply as the region moves into its highest water use period.

“Council appreciates so many people in our community are already cautious about their water use. Level 1 and 2 water restrictions are designed to ensure everyone uses our water more wisely,” he says.

Level 1 water restrictions were introduced across the shire in October, and despite the recent welcome showers which have marginally improved river flows in the Duea and Tuross rivers, the water level in Deep Creek Dam, near Batemans Bay has not increased.

The major change between level 1 and 2 water restrictions is that under level 2, all residential outdoor water use must be conducted with a hand-held hose, or a drip irrigation system, between 6 and 8 am or 6 and 8 pm.

Sprinklers, spray systems and unattended hoses are still banned. Washing down hard surfaces, such as decks, walls, windows, driveways, and footpaths is also still banned.

Cars, boats, and bikes can be washed between 6 and 8 am or 6 and 8 pm on grass using buckets with a final rinse allowed using a trigger-nozzle hose.

New and existing swimming pools and outdoor spas can be topped up using a hand-held hose between 6 and 8 am or 6 and 8 pm. Boat motors can be flushed on grass between the same times.

Tuross River, October 2018. Photo: ESC

Tuross River, October 2018. Photo: ESC

Mr Sharpe says Council is planning to secure the Eurobodalla’s water supply long term through its proposed new southern dam near Bodalla. Council is currently seeking funding for the project.

Water restrictions are enforceable and applicable to all shire water users, including residents, visitors and commercial and public services. Some exemptions apply to businesses who use water for business purposes.

Water restrictions do not apply to properties with an approved bore pump, however, their bore must be registered with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and must display an official sign that states they are using bore water.

Residents are reminded that bore water is also a limited resource and it’s important to use it wisely.

For the full list of restrictions for residential and commercial water users, visit Council’s website. Hard copy information is also available in Eurobodalla libraries, Council depots and at Council’s customer service centre in Moruya.

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