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Level two water restrictions

Level two water restrictions are now in effect for residents and businesses of the Fraser Coast using potable water supplied by Wide Bay Water.

The Fraser Coast water supplies rely on rainfall, and unfortunately, we’ve only received a fraction of our usual rainfall in recent months and a hot, dry summer is forecast. 

While our water supplies are still in good shape, our dams are dropping by one to two per cent a week and our water consumption has been increasing. To slow down the depletion of our dams, Council is introducing level two water restrictions and encouraging Fraser Coast residents to reduce their water use. 

Every drop counts and by being water-wise, you not only save water but also save money and avoid a big water bill. 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.

For more on water-saving tips click here. 

For print friendly flyer click here.

 

Water restriction exemption form 

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions

What are the current level 2 water restrictions?

Activity Description
Garden/lawn watering Watering cans or buckets allowed any time
Hand-held hoses are permitted from 6pm to 8am the next day, but must have a water-efficient trigger nozzle
Irrigation systems (sprinklers/drippers/soaker hoses) Irrigation systems permitted on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm to 8am the next day
Irrigation systems must be fitted with a manual or automatic timer
Washing windows / external house cleaning/cleaning external public facilities  Permitted at any time but only with a water-efficient, high-pressure device (eg. Gerni)
Paved or concreted surfaces cleaning High-pressure device (Gerni) allowed any time
Boat motor and trailer flushing Permitted at any time for a maximum of five minutes at low water flow
Vehicle and boat cleaning

Permitted at any time with hand-held hoses (fitted with a water-efficient trigger nozzle).

Filling of swimming pools/spas (private and/or public) Only permitted from 6pm to 8am the next day and must be monitored at all times
Filling of water features (private and/or public) Hoses allowed at any time but must be monitored at all times
Operation of water features (private and/or public) Allowed at any time

When can I water my garden under Level 2 water restrictions?

With a handheld hose - between 6pm one day and 8am the next day, 7 days a week. With an irrigation system – between 6pm Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and 8am the following day.

Can a pod or IBC (1,000 litre Intermediate Bulk Container) be filled from a home on town water, and be taken to a rural property (e.g. water for horses, fill a rain water tank, etc)?

Yes, if it is filled during the allowed water restriction times. With a hand held hose between 6pm and 8am, but must be attended to at all times. 

Can a hose be used for backyard water slides and water toys?

No, not between 8am and 6pm. Hand held hoses can only be used between 6pm and 8am the next day, and must be attended to at all times. 

Can I use a hand held hose to clean solar panels under Level 2 water restrictions?

Yes, between 6pm and 8am the next day, 7 days a week. It is not appropriate to use a Gerni to clean solar panels, even though the cleaning of solar panels is classified as external house washing.