Residents encouraged to keep water usage down as temperatures go up this summer
With temperatures starting to rise with the arrival of spring, Singleton Water customers are being encouraged to continue to be vigilant about saving water as level 2 restrictions remain in place.
Water usage was at its highest levels in four years last summer and while rain in recent months has lifted the level of Glennies Creek dam slightly, there has been no significant change to the threat to the water supply with more falls needed in Mount Royal and Carrowbrook to fill the catchment.
Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr, Singleton Council’s Director Infrastructure and Planning said water usage by Singleton households had improved, but was significantly higher per household than Hunter Water customers.
“Our residents did a great job of responding to water restrictions with declines in usage in 2018/2019 and in the first and third periods of 2019/2020, but unfortunately we saw our highest levels over the summer period rising from just under 600 megalitres to over 750 megalitres for the first time in four years,” he said.
“While rain in Singleton in recent months has helped to ease pressure on the potable water supply for activities such as watering the garden, it has not had a significant impact on the water source with the dam level rising from 36% to 39.4% currently.
“Glennies and Glenbawn dams in the upper catchment are missing most inflows. We desperately need rain to fall at Mount Royal and Carrowbrook to help fill Glennies Creek Dam and to ease the pressure on our supply, particularly with summer on the way.”
Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said without natural replenishment, the best solution at this stage was water restrictions.
“Glennies Creek Dam is owned by Water NSW, and Council has a high security allocation of water. We are one of the last users as dam levels fall, but that relies on the availability of water in the lake,” he said.
“Based on a number of scenarios looking at rainfall into the catchment and the levels of use drawing water from it, there is a very real possibility we may run out of water if there is no significant rain in the next three years.
“The warmer months usually increase demand for water, and we’re encouraging everyone to look at ways you can save water. There are plenty of hints and tips on Council’s website, or consult the water restrictions booklet that was delivered to Singleton households earlier this year. Water restriction booklets may also be picked up from Council’s Administration Building.”
Level 2 restrictions in summer (October to March) mean:
• Water every second day per the odds and evens system between 6am and 9am and 6pm and 9pm
• Watering systems (including micro sprays and drip irrigation systems), soaker hoses, non-fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses are permitted
• Washing of hard surfaces, walls and windows with a hose is banned. You must spot clean with a bucket and hand-held trigger nozzle or other devices that can be shut off instantly
• Wash vehicles and boats with a bucket, and rinse with a hand-held nozzle or other device that can be shut off instantly between 9am and 12pm any day
• You can top up an existing pool or spa or fill a new pool or spa fixed to a timer between 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm
• You can fill temporary inflatable children’s pools at any time with a hand-held trigger nozzle or other devices that can be shut instantly or fixed to a timer
For more information about water restrictions, visit W singleton.nsw.gov.au/596/Water-Restrictions