Sprinkle till your heart?s content

By DARRYN NUFER

FROM today Rockhampton residents have the freedom to sprinkle their lawns and gardens at any time.

Rockhampton City Council last night lifted all watering restrictions.

The move is largely due to the July 1 introduction of a user-pays system for residential water consumption.

Restrictions were originally enforced to control total demands on the city's water supply which allowed reservoirs to fill and ensured adequate supply to all users during peak times.

Rockhampton Mayor and Fitzroy River Water chairwoman Cr Margaret Strelow said the move "would give residents choices with people able to water when it suits them''.

She said over the past two years residential consumption had fallen by about 10% across the city, with a further 10-15% decrease predicted in the next 12 months.

She said the "natural spread'' of water usage over a longer period throughout the day was expected to be advantageous.

"It will reduce the pressure (on supply) not increase it.''

The unrestricted use of water would be monitored and subject to review in September 2006.



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