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Water restrictions and trigger levels

Water restrictions

WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES ARE NOW IN PLACE.

Level 1 Water Restrictions were lifted on 20 April 2017.  

Water restriction levels are determined based on an assessment of daily customer demand and the storage volume available in our dams.  Predicted weather forecasts and the flow and quality of the rivers are also taken in consideration when implementing water restrictions.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council adopted revised water restriction trigger levels, and the 2014 Uniform Regional Water Restrictions, at the Ordinary Council Meeting of 20 July 2016. These revised water restriction trigger levels are:

Level Trigger Point (total combined Dam storage levels)
Water Conservation Measures >70%
LEVEL 1 Moderate 70%
LEVEL 2 High 60%
LEVEL 3 Very High 45%
LEVEL 4 Severe 35%
 Emergency  25%

The General Manager has the delegated authority to exercise discretion when imposing water restrictions, giving due consideration to the time of year and prevailing weather conditions. Similarly, the General Manager also has the delegation to exercise discretion when lifting water restrictions, giving due consideration to the potential for pumping from the Hastings River and combined storage levels in Port Macquarie and Cowarra dams.  Refer to Dam Levels and Water Demand.

Water Conservation Measures are encouraged at all times to help maintain water storage volumes. Please refer to Water Saving Tips for ways you can help conserve this important resource.

If you wish to view further information on Port Macquarie-Hastings water supply, please refer to  Council's Water Supply Policy.2MB pdf(PDF, 2MB)

 

will be considered when the total combined storage in Port Macquarie and Cowarra dams falls to 70%:

  • water sprinklers and fixed hoses are banned
  • one hand-held hose can be used for 1 HOUR between 4:00pm and 9:00am on odd or even days matching your house number
  • hoses must be fitted with water cut-off triggers or control nozzles
  • watering gardens can only occur on 'odds and evens' days according to the house numbering system
  • micro-sprays, with nozzles less then 3mm, and drip irrigation systems can be used for a maximum of 15 minutes between 4:00pm and 9:00am on odd or even days matching house number
  • washing driveways, paved areas, walls and roofs with hoses is banned. Buckets can be used during the above days and times
  • no domestic water use outside the home on the 31st day of the month
  • watering-cans and buckets can be used at any time
  • Exemption forms for establishing new turf are available.  An Exemption from Water Restrictions for New Turf Watering is available online or from Council offices
  • one hand-held hose can be used to top up swimming pools, during the above days and times only
  • no chemicals or cleaning products are to be used on driveways, paths or hardstand areas
  • brooms or air blowers should be used to remove loose material from driveways, paths and hardstand areas
  • car and boat washing (on lawn area): washing may occur with a bucket and one hand-held hose (for rinsing only) between 4:00pm and 9:00am on odd or even days matching house number
  • boat motor flushing: can occur for 5 minutes on lawn area only on day of use.
  • sporting field irrigation systems can only be used from 1:00am to 2:00am Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • hand-held hoses can only be used in public gardens from 7:00am to 8:00am Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • sprinkler systems can only be used at nurseries, bowling greens and commercial market gardens from 7:30am to 9:30am 
  • dust suppression is permitted with reclaimed water only.

will be considered when the total combined storage in Port Macquarie and Cowarra dams falls to 60%:

  • water sprinklers and fixed hoses are banned
  • one hand-held hose can be used for 1/2 HOUR between 4:00pm and 9:00am on odd or even days matching house number
  • hoses must be fitted with water cut-off triggers or control nozzles
  • watering gardens can only occur on 'odds and evens' days according to the house numbering system
  • micro-sprays, with nozzles less then 3mm, and drip irrigation systems can be used for a maximum of 15 minutes between 4:00pm and 9:00am on odd or even days matching house number
  • washing driveways, paved areas, walls and roofs with hoses is banned. Buckets can be used during the above days and times
  • no domestic water use outside the home on the 31st day of the month
  • one hand-held hose can be used to top up swimming pools, during the above days and times only
  • no chemicals or cleaning products are to be used on driveways, paths or hardstand areas
  • brooms or air blowers should be used to remove loose material from driveways, paths and hardstand areas
  • car and boat washing (on lawn area) with a bucket and one hand-held hose (for rinsing only) between 4:00pm and 9:00am on odd or even days matching house number
  • boat motor flushing for 5 minutes on lawn area only on day of use
  • sporting field irrigation systems can only be used from 1:00am to 1:30am Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • hand-held hoses can be used in public gardens from 7:00am to 7:30am Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • hand-held hoses can be used at nurseries, bowling greens and commercial market gardens for maximum of two hours per day 
  • dust suppression is permitted with reclaimed water only.

will be considered when the total combined storage in Port Macquarie and Cowarra dams falls to 45%:

  • all outside use of water sprinklers, micro-sprays and fixed hoses is banned
  • one hand-held hose can be used for a maximum of 10 MINUTES between 4:00pm and 9:00am on odd or even days matching house number
  • no domestic water use outside the home on the 31st day of the month
  • gardens can be watered by bucket or tank water only
  • cars and boats can be washed on grassed areas with a bucket or tank water only
  • sporting fields and public gardens can use reclaimed water only
  • nurseries, bowling greens and commercial market gardens may only water under Council licence.

will be considered when the total combined storage in Port Macquarie and Cowarra dams falls to 35%:

  • all outside use of drinking water including water sprinklers, micro-sprays, fixed and hand-held hoses is banned
  • gardens can be watered with reclaimed water or tank water only
  • sporting fields and public gardens can use reclaimed water only
  • nurseries, bowling greens and commercial market gardens may only water under Council licence.

will be considered when the total combined storage in Port Macquarie and Cowarra dams falls to 25%:

  • as directed by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
  • all outside use of drinking water including water sprinklers, micro-sprays, fixed and hand-held hoses is banned
  • gardens can be watered with reclaimed water or tank water only
  • sporting fields and public gardens can use reclaimed water
  • nurseries, bowling greens and commercial market gardens may only water under Council licence.
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This page was last updated on: 27 November 2017