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Water Restrictions

From late 2018 to early 2019, Eurobodalla Council activated water restrictions to help conserve Eurobodalla's immediate and long-term water supply.

Water restrictions ended on 28 January 2019. Now, permanent water conservation measures are recommended instead.

Permanent water conservation measures

Permanent water conservation measures are recommended for all water users on town water to reduce wasteful use and to secure our long-term supply. These measures apply when water restrictions are not in force.

We ask that residents and visitors:

  • limit outdoor water use to between 5pm and 10am to prevent water loss through evaporation
  • use trigger nozzle hoses
  • avoid washing hard outdoor surfaces such as paths, decks and driveways, except to remove dangerous hazards or prior to painting
  • wash private vehicles and boats on grass using buckets and rinse with a trigger-nozzle hose
  • cover private swimming pools and external spas when not in use.

We ask that commercial, industrial and public services:

  • use trigger-nozzle hoses
  • wash vehicles, boats or other items on grass areas where possible
  • wash hard surface areas and essential areas such as paths, driveways, parking areas only when cleaning up after dangerous spills or removing algae and moss to prevent slips and falls.

No specific measures apply but watering between 5pm and 10am is recommended wherever possible for:

  • bowling greens, turf wickets and golf greens
  • sporting grounds
  • commercial market gardens and nurseries.

We ask that the following businesses/activities be water wise:

  • public or commercial swimming pools
  • caravan parks, motels and other accommodation houses
  • car yards, public passenger bus services, taxi companies
  • road construction and maintenance services
  • commercial building construction
  • commercial window and building washing.

Eurobodalla's water consumption has been significantly reduced since introducing these measures in 2007.

Contact us

For more information about these water conservation measures, or saving water in general, contact Council:

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.