Drought

Level 1 water restrictions not too restrictive for businesses in the Upper Hunter Shire

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The Level 1 water restrictions are not too restrictive for businesses in the Upper Hunter Shire. 

The Level 1 restrictions were put in place from July 1st, not because of an imminent threat to the water supply in these towns, but to encourage responsible water use more generally, and to proactively respond to ongoing drought conditions. 

Murrurundi has been on water restrictions since 2017 and has been on level 6 restrictions since mid-2018. Murrurundi’s water is currently coming from an emergency bore and water carting from Scone, with very little available from the Pages River.

Director of Infrastructure Services Nick Havyatt said it was great that businesses – including construction, nurseries and cleaning businesses – are contacting Council to check they were doing the right thing.

“Level 1 water restrictions are not too restrictive,” he said.

“Commercial cleaning and water use in construction are permitted under Level 1."

“Trucks and buses can be washed with high pressure trigger hoses, preferably with some sort of on-site recycling."

“Water restrictions apply to Council as well and we are taking steps to ensure we use water – even recycled water which we use on our parks and gardens – as efficiently as we can."

“If we all make an effort, it can make a big difference,” said Nick Havyatt.

These activities for NON-RESIDENTIAL water use are PERMITTED:

  • Top up and first fill of public swimming pools/spas, including those in motels.
  • Irrigation for turf farms, market gardens, nurseries
  • Public car and truck wash facilities
  • Construction industry eg mortar or concrete mix
  • Construction - wash down, paint prep, curing
  • Cleaning – exterior permitted with trigger hoses
  • Irrigation of public parks and sport and recreation facilities
  • Irrigation of new turf permitted for one week after laying after which time restrictions apply
  • Watering of lawns and gardens only between 6am to 9am and 6pm to 9pm (during summer Daylight Saving period); and 6am to 10am and 4pm to 10pm (the rest of year).

Level 1 water restrictions are in place in the towns of Aberdeen, Merriwa and Scone and the village of Cassilis, in the Upper Hunter Shire. Murrurundi remains on level 6 restrictions.

For more information on water restrictions visit: http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/your-council/media/news/level-1-water-restrictions-in-upper-hunter-shire.aspx

Image credit: Upper Hunter Shire Council