Scone and Aberdeen will be on Level 2 water restrictions from March 1st, 2020.
At last night's Council meeting it was decided that from March 1st this year Scone and Aberdeen would be moving to Level 2 water restrictions as the levels at Glenbawn Dam remain at a low 40 per cent.
Merriwa and Cassilis however will remain on Level 1 water restrictions.
For Murrurundi, their Level 6 water restrictions will be reduced once the Scone to Murrurundi Pipeline is up and running.
The region experienced the lowest December rainfall on record, with no inflow to Glenbawn Dam.
Upper Hunter Shire is experiencing the third consecutive summer with higher than average water consumption. In the 2017/18 year Scone/Aberdeen used 23% more water than the year before, and Merriwa used 29% more. Council says that consumption has remained consistently high ever since.
The water restrictions will be reviewed again at the end of the financial year.
The changes bring the Shire in line with Singleton and Muswellbrook who will both move up to Level 2 water restrictions from March, 2020.
For residential customers in the Upper Hunter Shire, Level 2 water restrictions mean:
- When watering lawns and gardens, the odds and evens system applies
- Water between 6am-9am and 6pm-9pm during daylight savings, and 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm rest of year
- 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 high pressure cleaner only
- Wash vehicles and/or boats with a bucket, and rinse with hand-held trigger 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 between 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm
- For more information on water restrictions visit: http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/our-shire/water-restrictions.aspx
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