Burdekin Shire Council has altered its water restrictions hours to accommodate the needs of older residents.
Councillors unanimously voted to alter the Level 1 hours in which sprinklers and watering systems are not allowed to be used to 8am through to 4pm effective immediately. The previous hours were 6am to 6pm.
Mayor Bill Lowis said councillors had listened to the needs of the Burdekin community.
“We have changed the hours to enable our residents to have some more daylight hours in which to water their gardens,” he said.
“Councillors and the Council had received a lot of feedback from residents about the hours applied in the restrictions and we have acted on that feedback.
“The Burdekin Dam is losing water through evaporation at a rate of 1 per cent a week and our underground water levels are dropping.
“As we get most of our water from the underground supply it is important we have restrictions to ensure there is adequate for all residents during these current dry conditions.”
Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Council would begin enforcing restrictions from November 1.
“Residents and businesses that have a Council-metered water supply are on notice that our crews will be watching for sprinklers etc being used outside the designated hours,” he said.
“If people are not abiding by the restrictions they will first receive a warning and if they continue to flout restrictions they face a fine.
“Council is also reviewing and will update the Shire’s 2009 Drought Management Plan to better reflect our community’s water needs.”
Mr Magin said Council was committed to the restrictions and has reduced its water usage by 15 per cent.
“Council is doing everything it can to ensure our water consumption is not excessive,” he said.
“Our teams have installed tap timers and some of our parks teams are starting earlier to get areas watered within the restricted hours.”
What the updated 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 with a trigger nozzle can be used by an adult at any time
- pools, ponds, fountains and tanks etc are still able to be filled
- NO cleaning of paved areas with water
- wash vehicles and windows with hose with trigger nozzle only
- businesses should voluntarily reduce operational use of water and abide by the above restrictions for watering gardens and lawns
- It is suggested that residents and businesses using bore water should place a sign at the front of their premises saying “Bore water in use” to prevent any misunderstandings.