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Level 1 Water Restrictions Lifted

Released on: 20 April 2017

Released on: 20 April 2017


The combined capacity of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s two water supply dams is now above 70%, resulting in the lifting of Level 1 water restrictions.

Level 1 restrictions have been in place since January 30 this year, and were introduced when combined storage levels of the Cowarra and Port Macquarie dams fell below the 70% trigger level.

“Water to fill the dams is pumped from the Hastings River at Koree Island, 5km southwest of Wauchope, and prolonged low river flows between September 2016 and the end of February 2017 meant Council were unable to pump to either of our dams,” said Council Group Manager Andrew Doig.

“Recent widespread rainfall has however completely changed the outlook, and with river levels now stable, Council has now been able to use our high volume pump set for the first time since 2015.

“With the resumption of pumping the dams at Cowarra and Port Macquarie are now at a combined level of more than 73%. It will still take some time to refill the dams, however there are no current concerns with water supply given the complete turn-around in conditions,” Mr Doig said.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council adopted uniform water restrictions in July 2016, in line with other regional NSW councils. Under this system, five categories of restrictions can be imposed by Council’s General Manager. These range from Level 1 restrictions (moderate, 60-70% combined storage) to Emergency (25% or less).

Water restriction levels are determined based on an assessment of daily customer demand and the storage volume available in our dams, with predicted weather forecasts and the flow and quality of the rivers also taken into consideration.

“Whilst we are no longer under Level 1 water restrictions, Council are encouraging the community to continue to exercise common sense when using water, and would like to thank the community for their ongoing efforts in helping conserve water and adhering to the restrictions over the past few months,” added Mr Doig.

For water saving hints and tips, and to find out more about water restrictions visit

There is also a handy fact sheet that is available at Council Customer Service Centre’s or by calling 6581 8111.