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Singleton jumps on board with voluntary water restrictions

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Singleton has jumped on board with voluntary water restrictions. 

At last night's Council meeting, Councillors adopted voluntary Level 1 conditions at their annual Rural Hall meeting in Bulga.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore, said drought conditions were affecting Singleton’s main source of water, Glennies Creek Dam, and WaterNSW had indicated that a reduction in high security allocation may occur in early 2019 if current climatic conditions continue or worsen.

“We all know people on the land are doing it tough in these dry conditions, and adopting voluntary low level water restrictions across our local government area is a way we can all be conscious of how precious this resource is,” she said.

“At this stage there is no immediate threat to our water supply and no penalties to apply as a result of the low-level restrictions, but this voluntary measure is a great starting point to raise awareness of how we use water and will mean our community is more prepared if we need to bring in tougher restrictions.”

Muswellbrook Shire Council has also adopted level one voluntary water restrictions in September, and Upper Hunter Shire Council put in place voluntary Water Wise Rules. 

Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter Shire remains on level 6 water restrictions are the dry conditions continue in the area. 

Also at last night's Singleton Council Meeting Councillors resolved to support referrals to existing government programs including those provided by Hunter Water in partnership with Newcastle City Council and Lake Macquarie Council to provide tankered water to residents and farmers.

“This information will be added to the abundance of support already available through Council’s hugely successful Drought Assistance Hub, where people can come into Council to find the help available to them,” Sue Moore said. 

The voluntary level one restrictions mean things like:

  • Watering of lawns by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses only may occur between 6pm and 9am during summer
  • Watering of residential gardens by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses only may occur between 6pm and 9am during summer
  • Topping up or filling of garden water features is pemitted
  • Irrigation of new turf is permitted for one week after laying, after which level 1 restriction on watering lawns applies
  • Washing down of walls or paved surfaces is not permitted
  • Washing cars at home is permitted with bucket and rinse with a trigger hose on the lawn at any time