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Level two water restrictions for the Fraser Coast

26 November 2019

Fraser Coast residents will only be permitted to use sprinklers and irrigation systems three nights a week between 8pm and 6am under level two water restrictions set to take effect next month.
 
The new restrictions, which are expected to be officially adopted at tomorrow’s Council meeting, will also mean residents will only be able to water gardens and fill swimming pools between 8pm and 6am each day.
 
Mayor George Seymour said the Fraser Coast had only received about a quarter of its average annual rainfall since 1 July and the Bureau of Meteorology was forecasting a hot, dry summer.
 
“The Fraser Coast’s water supplies rely on rainfall and while Lenthall’s Dam is at 67 per cent and Teddington Weir is at about 82 per cent, storage levels are dropping by about one per cent a week,” he said.
 
“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 9 December 2019.
 
“Every drop counts, and by being water-wise, you not only save water, you also save money on your water bill and help delay the introduction of tougher restrictions.”
 
Level Two water restrictions include:
 
  • Hand held hoses are permitted between 8pm and 6am but must have a water efficient trigger nozzle;
  • Irrigation systems (sprinklers, drippers, soaker hoses) are permitted on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 8pm and 6am 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 8pm and 6am and must be monitored at all times; and
  • Water tanks connected to or topped up by drinking water supply are subject to the current water restrictions.
 
Cr Seymour 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 Fraser Coast’s current water restrictions can be found here