Effective immediately, Level 2 water restrictions are now in place across the Tablelands region. Residents are urged to conserve water, with sprinklers only able to be used between 6:00am – 7:00am and 6:00pm – 7:00pm:
- odd numbered houses – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- even numbered houses – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
- no manual or automated sprinklers, microspray or drip watering systems to be used on Mondays
Hand held hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering cans or buckets can be used at any time.
Council will be implementing a 25% reduction in irrigation of watering public lawns and gardens.
“Our water sources are finite and until the region receives some substantial rainfall, we all need to be water wise,” said TRC Mayor Joe Paronella.
“Our bores are currently running at a rate 50% higher than the month of October, giving an indication that demand is increasing and our surface intakes are diminishing in volume. The three month outlook for rain from the Bureau of Meteorology gives only a 50% chance of average rainfall for the area and we therefore have to implement tighter water controls.”
Starting 1 July 2016, a new water access and water usage charge system commenced, replacing the previous tier system and providing a standardised cost across the region.
Now, wherever you live within the Tablelands region, you will be charged the same price for accessing water and the same cost per kilolitre for water usage. An online calculator to assist in estimating new charges for the upcoming February 2017 Rate Notice is available as well as tips for being waterwise.
Details on Level 2 water restrictions are available online at www.trc.qld.gov.au or from Customer Service Centres.
Penalties can be issued for any breaches under the Water Supply (Safety & Reliability) Act 2008.