Mandatory water restrictions are on the cards for Singleton.
In December 2018, Council elected to put voluntary level one water restrictions in place and the latest meter readings showed residential usage was down, which indicated people were taking stock of those water restrictions across the local government area.
But, Council will consider elevating restrictions over the coming months, with Glennies Creek Dam currently at 54 per cent and falling.
“Water is an important resource and we need to be mindful of how we use and preserve water even in good conditions,” Singleton Mayor Sue Moore said.
“The Singleton local government area is experiencing drought conditions and there is no significant rain predicted any time soon. We know that Sydney already has water restrictions in place."
“It’s great to see the people of Singleton have taken on board tips to save water, as demonstrated with lower usage rates in the latest water bills."
“However, Council is closely monitoring the status of water in order to inform the need to implement mandatory low level restrictions in the next few months, because of concerns about the supply of water into the future particularly if drought conditions worsen."
“If mandatory restrictions are introduced, penalties will apply to customers found to be misusing water.”
For residential properties, level 1 (low) restrictions mean:
- ·Watering of lawns by watering systems, microsprays, drip systrems, soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses may only occur between 6am to 10am and 4pm to 10pm daily in winter
- ·Watering of residential gardens by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses may only occur between 6am to 10am and 4pm to 10pm daily in winter
- ·Topping up or filling of garden water features is permitted
- ·Irrigation of new turf is permitted for one week after laying, which after level 1 restriction of watering lawns applies
- ·Washing down of walls or paved surfaces is not permitted
Council has also adopted permanent water saving rules under its Water Supply Services Policy, which are applicable to all residents and businesses connected to Council’s water supply.
The water saving rules are available on Council’s website at www.singleton.nsw.gov.au
Voluntary level one water restrictions are in place in the Muswellbrook Shire Council area, and meantime level six water restrictions are still in place at Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter Shire Council area.
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