All of Fraser Coast now on level one water restrictions



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The entire Fraser Coast region can move back to level one water restrictions from today.

Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO Ken Diehm said recent rain had increased Hervey Bay’s main water storage, Lenthalls Dam, from less than half full a month ago to about three quarters full today, while Maryborough’s main water storage, Teddington Weir, was overflowing.

“The Fraser Coast experienced more than 18 months of severe rainfall deficiencies which meant we had to introduce tough level three water restrictions in Hervey Bay in early November,” he said.

“However, we have finally received the significant rain we needed where we needed it in recent weeks, and we have decided to wind back water restrictions to level one right across the region effective immediately.

“Level one water restrictions are essentially permanent water conservation measures. It means Fraser Coast residents can water their gardens and lawns with a water efficient hose at any time, and can use sprinklers and irrigation systems between 4pm and 9am the next day.

“The relaxation of restrictions also means cars, boats and pets can again be washed at any time with a hose rather than a bucket and children’s play pools, toys and water slides can again be used.

“For Council, it means we can once again turn on beach showers and can better maintain all our parks and gardens, not just the high profile facilities.

“As this change has come about quicker than expected, affected Council facilities and services will take some time to transition back to normal.

“For example, WetSide’s standard operating hours will resume from next Wednesday but we won’t be able to take private bookings for a while.

“We thank the community for their patience and understanding while level three water restrictions were in effect over the past few weeks, and we encourage everyone to continue to be water-wise.”

Level one water restrictions include:

  • Gardens and lawns can be watered at any time with hand-held hoses (fitted with a water efficient trigger nozzle);
  • Irrigation systems (sprinklers, drippers, soaker hoses) can be used between 4pm and 9am the next day but must be fitted with a manual or automatic timer;
  • 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 by hose is permitted at any time for a maximum of five minutes;
  • Filling of swimming pools, spas and water features is permitted at any time with hand-held hoses (fitted with a water efficient trigger nozzle); and
  • Vehicle and boat cleaning is permitted at any time with hand-held hoses (fitted with a water efficient trigger nozzle).

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