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Singleton residents reduce their water consumption by a quarter compared to this time last year

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Singleton residents have reduced their water consumption by a quarter compared to this time last year. 

Businesses have been doing their part as well having reduced their use by 16 per cent. 

Singleton Mayor Sue Moore has praised the community’s efforts as the local government area continues to feel the impacts of the drought – and the dam level keeps plummeting.

She said with Hunter Water already announcing the move to level 2 restrictions on 20 January 2020 for customers including Branxton, Singleton Council would consider whether to follow suit in February.

“Our community has been fantastic in cutting down on water to conserve our supply and the results we’ve seen are nothing short of incredible,” Sue Moore said.

“But unfortunately the scale and impact of this drought means that the level in Glennies Creek Dam is still dropping fast, and with no rain in sight, it may be necessary to move to Level 2 water restrictions when Council reconvenes in February.”

Until then, Level 1 water restrictions will remain in force for all residential, commercial, industrial and government customers in Council’s water supply area.

Penalties apply for customers who refuse to comply with restricted activities with on-the-spot fines of $220 and a maximum penalty of $2200.

Singleton Council says for residential properties, current level 1 restrictions mean:

  • Watering of lawns by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non-fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses may only occur between 6pm to 9am daily in summer
  • Watering of residential gardens by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non-fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses may only occur between 6pm to 9am daily in summer
  • 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 banned, except for health and safety reasons and as long as a trigger hose is used (eg spilt food and drink, animal droppings, sewer overflows etc)

“It’s more important than ever that we continue to be vigilant about water, even over the Christmas period when we tend to indulge a little more than usual,” Sue Moore said.

“But of course the best celebration we could have is if it rained for Christmas.”

For more information about water restrictions, visit www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/waterrestrictions

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