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    Level 4 'Severe' Water Restrictions are now in force across the Port Macquarie-Hastings. To find out how this affects you, click here.

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From Tuesday 28 January 2020, Level 4 'severe' water restrictions will be introduced for residents and businesses, with commercial water users to follow from Tuesday 25 February 2020

The combined water levels in our two storage dams has fallen to 39%, (view the dam levels here). In an effort to further reduce overall demand and extend the limited water storage levels left, we are introducing  Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions434KB pdf(PDF, 434KB) before reaching the adopted 35% trigger level.

Why are we moving to Level 4 Water Restrictions? 

Our region has been in intense drought with minimal to no rainfall in our water catchment areas over the last 12 months. There is also a continued uncertain rainfall outlook for the coming months, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Our water storage levels continue to drop at the current rate of water consumption. We need to reduce our demand to extend the life of our current water storage levels. You can read more about this in our media release here.

How will the water restrictions affect me? 

Whether you are a resident, business or commercial user, you will be restricted on how you use water around your home, in public or at work. In short, there is a total ban on all outdoor water use, and commercial operators are limited to critical use only.

What's the difference between a business and commercial user? 

A commercial user is a registered business that relies on the use of water as part of their business activities to produce an income. For businesses who do not rely on water to produce an income, residential water restrictions apply. 

More information on how you can and can't use water, answers to frequently asked questions, exemptions from restrictions and water saving tips can be found by clicking the buttons below.

This page was last updated on: 17 February 2020