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Water Restrictions

Level 1 water restrictions are in force in Eurobodalla from 20 October 2018

Flows in the Deua and Tuross Rivers have all but ceased. The community is now relying solely on the water storage at Deep Creek Dam, which has fallen to around 80 per cent capacity.

Level 1 water restrictions come into effect on Saturday 20 October 2018 to help conserve Eurobodalla’s water supply during drought conditions.

Level 1 water restrictions

Water restrictions are enforceable and apply to all Eurobodalla water users, including residents, visitors, and commercial and public services.

Restrictions for residents and visitors

Summary for residents and visitors: one hand-held hose per property may be used between 5pm and 10am; sprinklers are banned completely; drip-irrigation systems (one per property) may only be used between 5pm and 10am instead of a hand-held hose (not in addition to); you can wash your car or boat on grassed areas using buckets and a final rinse with a trigger-nozzle hose at any time, and you can top up or fill your pool or spa between 5pm and 10am.

List of restrictions for residents and visitors:

  • Fixed sprinklers, micro-spray systems, and unattended hoses: banned.
  • Washing hard surface areas (paths, driveways, decks, patios, parking areas etc) with a hose: banned.
  • Watering gardens and lawns: one hand-held hose at a time can be used between 5pm and 10am.
  • Drip-irrigation systems: one system fixed to one tap can be used instead of a hand-held hose between 5pm and 10am.
  • Washing private vehicles (cars, boats, bikes and trailers): on grass areas using buckets and a final rinse with a trigger nozzle hose, at any time.
  • Boat motor flushing: on grass areas, at any time.
  • Facilities at boat ramps: can be used for cleaning fish and tables, and flushing motors only. Washing boats, cars or trailers at these facilities is prohibited.
  • New and existing private swimming pools and external spas: can be topped up using a hand-held hose between 5pm and 10am. Please cover when not in use.

Water restrictions for residents and visitors relate to outdoor water use only. The more water we save now, the slower the dam levels will decrease. If you are eager to conserve as much water as possible, take a look at our water-saving tips for ideas:

Restrictions for commercial, industrial and public services

  • Washing hard surfaces (paths, driveways, parking areas, etc) with a hose: banned.
  • Caravan parks, motels and other accommodation houses: one hand-held hose can be used between 5pm and 10am for all outdoor water use.
  • Sporting grounds: sprinkler systems permitted for playing surfaces only between 5pm and 10am.
  • Commercial market gardens and nurseries: sprinkler systems permitted between 5pm and 10am.
  • Bowling greens, turf wickets and golf club greens: sprinkler systems permitted between 5pm and 10am.
  • Public or commercial swimming pools: sprinklers permitted for grass areas within the pool enclosure between 5pm and 10am. Top up pools as required.
  • Road construction and maintenance: water-filling stations available to Council’s Works Division where bore water or recycled effluent water is not available.
  • Heavy vehicle and machinery cleaning: Council vehicles to be cleaned using recycled water at treatment plants.
  • Schools and day care centres:
    • one hand-held hose for gardens and lawns can be used between 5pm and 10am.
    • one drip-irrigation system fixed to one tap can be used instead of a hand-held hose between 5pm and 10am.
    • sprinkler systems permitted for sports ground playing surfaces only between 5pm and 10am.
    • micro-spray systems and unattended hoses: banned.
  • Businesses such as car yards, public passenger bus services, taxi companies: no conditions apply.
  • Commercial window and building washing: no conditions apply.
  • Commercial building construction and related activities: no conditions apply.
  • Emergency services: water-filling stations will remain available to emergency services at all times.

How water restriction levels are determined

Eurobodalla enjoys a healthy water supply most of the time. However, there are times when a lack of rainfall or drought conditions reduce river flows and the level of our backup water storage in Deep Creek Dam.

Clause 137 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 allows for restrictions to be imposed if Council deems it necessary. Council’s Water Restrictions Policy 2013 works in accordance with the Eurobodalla Water Supply Drought Management Plan, which was developed by Council and NSW Public Works in accordance with the NSW Government Best Practice Guideline.

During times when Eurobodalla is relying solely on Deep Creek Dam for its water supply, Council will carefully monitor its levels and will introduce different water restrictions in accordance with dam level triggers. The severity of the restrictions will increase as the water level drops in the dam. The General Manager or Director Infrastructure Services may vary the adopted trigger levels after taking into account seasonal water demand variations and the medium or long-term weather forecast.

We will let the community know about changes to the level of water restrictions through local newspapers, radio, social media, Council newsletters, signage throughout Eurobodalla, and on this web page. Water restrictions are enforceable and are apply to all water users in the Eurobodalla Shire, including residents, visitors and businesses.