The Burdekin Shire has reduced its water consumption by more than 5 per cent over the past month despite current hot and dry conditions.
Mayor Bill Lowis praised residents for abiding by the restrictions which were introduced on October 1.
“I think our residents have adjusted well to the hours of restriction and most are being responsible with the use of this most precious resource,” he said.
“There is little rain predicted to fall on our region until March or April next year, so it is up to us all to do our bit to conserve water.”
Cr Lowis said the Burdekin Dam was losing water at a rate of more than 1.5 per cent a week.
“The coming summer and current hot weather will only increase this rate,” he said.
“Thankfully the Lower Burdekin Water Board had its allocation increased and this has helped our region’s producers.
“But we all must be mindful of how much water we are using and that is why Council introduced these restrictions.
“If our underground supply reduces to a level where water quality changes, we will all be in trouble.”
Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Council was now enforcing the water restrictions and a number of warnings had already been issued.
“Our compliance team will action any reports of people watering during the times of restriction,” he said.
“This applies to both residents and businesses with a Council metered supply of water.
“Those found to be not complying will get one warning and if they are found to be breaching again then they will be fined under the provisions of the Water Safety & Reliability Act.
“The fine for residents is $235.60 and for businesses it’s $824.60.
“It is suggested that residents using bore water should place a sign stating ‘Bore water in use’ at the front of their property to ensure there are no misunderstandings.”
Mr Magin said Council was also in the process of reviewing the 2009 Drought Management Plan to better reflect the shire’s water needs.
What Level 1 Water Restrictions mean to Burdekin residents and businesses:
- no sprinklers or irrigation systems to be used between the hours of 8am and 4pm
- hand-held hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle can be used at any time
- pools, ponds, fountains and tanks etc are still able to be filled
- no cleaning of paved areas
- wash vehicles and windows with hose fitted with trigger nozzle only
- businesses are requested to voluntarily reduce operational water usage and to abide by the above restrictions