Water restrictions lifted for Burdekin Shire

Water restrictions have been lifted in the Burdekin Shire, meaning residents can now water at any time, on any day, with any device.

Council introduced Level 1 Water Restrictions throughout the Shire on October 1, 2015, to ensure adequate water supply was maintained for residents during dry conditions which saw the dam and underground water levels drop.

Burdekin Mayor Lyn McLaughlin thanked the community for largely adhering to the water restrictions.

“Since the implementation of Level 1 Water Restrictions, water consumption in the Burdekin has stablised,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This is a good outcome but there is still plenty of opportunity to be more conscious of how we treat this precious resource.

“The vast majority of our water consumption comes from activities such as watering gardens or hosing down your car, not essential activities such as bathing or wastewater requirements.”

The Queensland Government website suggests the following waterwise gardening tips:

• Don’t over water – waterlogged soil encourages growth of bacteria;

• Let your plants indicate when they are in need of water;

• Thorough but infrequent watering encourages plants to develop deeper root systems, giving them inbuilt drought protection; and

• Avoid watering in the middle of the day.

Cr McLaughlin said that although water restrictions had been lifted water consumption should not have a marked increase.

“If we can all just be a little bit more conscious of how we use our water then it will be better for everyone in the long run.”

Media contact: Lauren McKaig on 4783 9906


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