WATER conservation measures will remain after Douglas Shire Council removed Level 1 Water Restrictions today.
Douglas Shire will move to Level 0 community water conservation measures for the first time to continue regulating the days consumers can use water, but with much less restriction on use.
By introducing Level 0, water wise behaviour continues to be promoted with alternate watering days remaining and overnight irrigation encouraged.
These measures support water wise gardening practices, where established gardens do not require daily watering and watering is done at times when evaporation is low.
The Bureau of Meteorology has moved their ENSO outlook to La Niña which means there is possibly an early rainfall onset for the 2021–22 season across most of northern Australia.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said Level 0 status would keep the community thinking about the valued resource heading into the wet season.
“The community has already done a fantastic job adhering to Level 1 Water Restrictions,” he said.
“Latest weather forecasts and recent rainfall, which have replenished our creeks, has guided the decision to remove Level 1 Water Restrictions.”
“This means the maximum irrigation time of four hours required has been removed, but we continue to encourage water wise behaviour.”
“Water conservation needs to be on everyone’s mind, even in the wet season when periods of heavy rainfall can cause high turbidity events at our intakes.”
For full details on the Level 0 conditions, please refer to Schedule 1 Water Restrictions.