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Level 2 water restrictions still on, despite rain

Thursday 29 November 2018

Eurobodalla will move into level 2 water restrictions this Saturday as planned, despite recent rain.

Eurobodalla Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Warren Sharpe said rainfall this week was great for the garden but had not yet had significant impact on the shire’s water supply.

“After the rain this week Deep Creek Dam still remains below 80 per cent capacity, and while both the Deua and Tuross River flows have increased slightly, they are still well below normal flows,” he said.

“Council is monitoring the situation every day, and we’ll certainly relax the restrictions when we’re confident it will not affect our long term supply.”

Mr Sharpe praised the community for its compliance with level 1 restrictions since they were introduced in October.

“We’ve seen a marked decrease in the community’s water usage since water restrictions were introduced, and we’d really like to thank the community for this effort,” he said.

“Level 2 water restrictions are designed to ensure everyone uses our water more wisely in what is our highest water use period.”

The major change between level 1 and 2 water restrictions is that under level 2, all residential outdoor water use must be conducted with a hand-held hose, or a drip irrigation system, between 6-8am in the morning or 6-8pm in the evening.

Sprinklers, spray systems and unattended hoses are still banned. Washing down hard surfaces, such as decks, walls, windows, driveways and footpaths is also still banned.

Cars, boats and bikes can be washed between 6-8am or 6-8pm on grass using buckets and a final rinse with a trigger-nozzle hose. Washing boats, vehicles and trailers at boat ramps is still banned.

New and existing swimming pools and outdoor spas can be topped up using a hand-held hose between 6-8am or 6-8pm. Boat motors can be flushed on grass between 6-8am or 6-8pm.

Water restrictions are enforceable and applicable to all shire water users, including residents, visitors and commercial and public services. Some exemptions apply to businesses who use water for business purposes.

Water restrictions do not apply to properties using an approved bore pump, however their bore must be registered with NSW Department of Primary Industries and they must display an official sign that states they are using bore water. Residents are reminded that bore water is also a limited resource and it’s important to use it wisely.

You can view the full list of restrictions for residential and commercial water users on our water restrictions pages. Hard copy information is also available in Eurobodalla’s libraries, Council depots and at the customer service centre in Moruya.