Another poor wet season and a prolonged dry spell, with no substantial rain, has prompted Douglas Shire Council to issue Level 2 water restrictions from Thursday 7 September.
Mayor Julia Leu said the intake levels for all water supplies within the Douglas Shire are still on a downward trend and unable to keep up with demand.
“Council has decided to implement Level 2 water restrictions directly and bypass Level 1 restrictions due to water level in all intakes.”
“The physical water level in all intakes is low and has dropped significantly over the last 3 weeks representative of drought conditions,” Mayor Leu said.
“Consumption is on a steady increase in line with seasonal trends and a busy peak tourist season.”
Under Level 2 water restrictions, a total ban applies to all sprinklers, with watering only permitted between the hours of 6am – 9am and 6pm – 9pm on alternate days with a:
- Hand-held trigger or twist nozzle;
- Irrigation system (gardens only, no grassed areas); or
- Watering can or bucket.
“Alternate days” shall mean designated days of water use.
- Properties with an odd street number may water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday;
- Properties with and even street number may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday;
- Properties without a Council prescribed street number water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday;
- No water is permitted on Monday
On the spot fines (Penalty Infringement Notices) of $378 for Residential Customers and $1892 for Non-Residential Customers apply for non-compliance of restrictions.
Mayor Leu said going straight to Level 2 water restrictions were in particular targeted at eliminating sprinklers and at the big water consumers, but urged everyone to play their part.
“Every drop of water saved counts and with such an environmentally-aware community we’re appreciative of any efforts to reduce water consumption,” Mayor Leu said.
“Obviously the larger resorts are our biggest consumers of water and Council will be looking to these operators to lead the way in reducing their water usage for all the community.”
“Council Officers will be enforcing these restrictions to ensure our communities are not left high and dry and we thank everyone in the community for your assistance in conserving water.”
To view the water restrictions schedule, click here.