Singleton has joined Muswellbrook in implementing Level 2 water restrictions from March.
Recent rainfall has done little to improve the water levels at Glennies Creek Dam, so Council decided at last night's Council meeting that the elevated water restrictions will be taking effect from Sunday, 1 March 2020.
As of 16 February 2020, water levels at Glennies Creek Dam were 37.2%.
Deputy Mayor of Singleton, Cr Tony Jarrett who chaired the meeting, said elevated water restrictions were required to conserve drinking water supplies.
“While it has been a welcome sight to see decent rainfall this month, the prolonged, severe drought conditions have seen Glennies Creek Dam levels continue to fall to their lowest ever levels,” he said.
“And while we can’t control the weather, we can control how much water we use."
“Saving water is easier than you think and a little goes a long way. We can all save a lot by working together to make small changes."
“And it’s not just residents and businesses. Council is also doing our part to save water by installing a recycled water system at the Singleton sewer treatment plant, making the Council facility that was once the biggest user of water into one of the most efficient."
“Council has also prepared an informative flipbook for all water customers outlining what the water restrictions mean and what activities are allowed, what the odds and evens water system is, summer and winter variations, as well as tips to save water in the laundry, bathroom, kitchen and outside."
“The flipbook will be delivered to households this week, so look out for it in your letter box.”
For residential customers, level 2 water restrictions mean:
- When watering lawns and gardens, the odds and evens system applies
- Water between 6am-9am and 6pm-9pm in summer, and 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm in winter
- Watering systems (including micro sprays and drip irrigation systems), soaker hoses, non-fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses are permitted
- Washing of hard surfaces, walls and windows with a hose is banned. You must spot clean with a bucket and hand-held trigger nozzle or other devices that can be shut off instantly
- Wash vehicles and boats with a bucket, and rinse with hand-held nozzle or other device that can be shut off instantly between 9am-12pm any day
- You can top up an existing pool or spa or fill a new pool or spa fixed to a timer between 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm
- You can fill temporary inflatable children’s pools at any time with a hand-held hose trigger nozzle or other devices that can be shut instantly or fixed to a timer
Council's General Manager Jason Linnane said it's ironic to be having these conversations after it rained for more than a week.
"But the stark reality is that in our catchment up around Glennies Creek Dam we're not seeing a large amount of inflows," he said.
"I think as of Friday night in the storm it only went up 0.6 % so by no means are we out of the woods, we are still operating in drought conditions and it is putting significant pressures on supply of water in our regions."
"The reality is there are a whole range of different catchments even in our region, let alone across the state so we have to be mindful of that. Just because the rain is falling in some parts of the state, doesn't mean it's falling where we really need to catch that water."
Water saving rules and further information are available on Council’s website at https://www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/586/Water-Restrictions