Summer water restrictions to apply from October
As Glennies Creek Dam levels continue to fall, Singleton Council is encouraging residents to continue to be vigilant about using water with summer level one water restrictions to take effect from Tuesday 1 October 2019.
Summer water restrictions apply from October through to April.
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said the major difference for customers entering summer restrictions was the change in permitted watering hours of lawns and gardens.
“Under level one restrictions, customers are still allowed to water daily, however in summer the permitted hours will be between 6pm and 9am daily,” she said.
“Restriction levels are dependent on continued dry weather, drought conditions and falling dam levels, and unless the region receives continued significant rainfall, restriction levels may increase.
“Council will continue to work together with our water customers to save water, including businesses and commercial operators to prepare and implement Water Saving Action Plans to help identify opportunities for water savings.”
For residential properties, level 1 (low) restrictions mean:
- Watering of lawns by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non-fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses may only occur between 6pm to 9am daily in summer
- Watering of residential gardens by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non-fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses may only occur between 6pm to 9am daily in summer
- Topping up or filling of garden water features is permitted
- Irrigation of new turf is permitted for one week after laying, which after level 1 restriction of watering lawns applies
- Washing down of walls or paved surfaces is banned, except for health and safety reasons and as long as a trigger hose is used (eg spilt food and drink, animal droppings, sewer overflows etc)
Penalties apply for customers who do not comply with restricted activities with on-the-spot fines of up to $220 and maximum penalties of $2,200.
Water restrictions apply to both residential and non-residential customers. The activities and restrictions are different for residential and non-residential customers. For more information, including what water restrictions mean to you, visit https://www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/586/Water-Restrictions