Level 1 water restrictions to commence

Published: 02 Jan 2018

Water restrictions will be introduced from tomorrow (Wednesday 3 January) in response to recent dry conditions that have led to a drop in water supply.

Copperlode Falls Dam is currently at about 75 per cent of capacity and is falling at a rate of more than 1 per cent a week.

Acting Mayor Terry James said all residents were encouraged to think about their water use.

“The restrictions mainly affect sprinkler watering times, but all residents and businesses can help to reduce the strain on our water supplies by using water wisely in day-to-day activities and conserving water where possible,” he said.

“We are expecting some rain this week, but it’s unlikely we’ll get enough to top up the dam. We do hope the rain will help green up lawns and gardens so there is less need to turn on a sprinkler.”

Under Level 1 water restrictions:

  • Sprinklers may be used between the hours of 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm only.
  • Odd-numbered houses (ie street number ending with 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are permitted to use sprinklers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only.
  • Even-numbered houses (number ending with 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) may use sprinklers on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only
  • No sprinkler use is permitted on Mondays.
  • Hand-held hoses with a trigger nozzle, watering cans and buckets can be used at any time.

Some restrictions also apply for hosing of pavements, washing of cars, operation of fountains and other water uses. See the full list ( PDF, 0.11 MB )

For more information on saving water, visit our Saving Water page.

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Last updated: 05 January 2018