Permitted water usage on the Fraser Coast is about to change.
Permitted water usage on the Fraser Coast is about to change. Craig Warhurst

WATER RESTRICTIONS: Customers set to be cut off from barrage

UPDATE 6.30PM: NOT only will water restrictions tighten in town, but medium priority irrigators who use the Mary River barrage are expected to be cut off from this Sunday.

A SunWater spokeswoman said the dry conditions had increased the demand for irrigation water, which put "significant pressure" on water in the barrage.

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As of Wednesday, the storage level at Mary Barrage was 1.243m, but once the barrage reaches or falls below 1.00m, SunWater is required to stop medium priority water supplies to customers on the Mary Barrage in order to protect urban water supply.

"We realise our inability to supply water will have an impact on our customers' businesses and livelihoods, and we're all hoping they get some much needed rain in the coming months," the spokeswoman said.

UPDATE 4PM: IN THE last few months, outdoor water use has almost doubled for both Hervey Bay and Maryborough as the dry conditions have continued, Fraser Coast Councillor Anne Maddern said.

"It's such a difficult climate, and residents and businesses are trying to manage their gardens, lawns and plants as best as possible, but unfortunately we need to implement these restrictions due to the dry weather forecast and lack of water," Cr Maddern said.

"It is uncertain when the next decent rain will come, so we need to be water-wise to ensure our water supplies are maintained into the future."

Level 2 water restrictions include:

·         Hand held hoses are permitted from 4pm to 9am, but must have a water efficient trigger nozzle (9L/min) and attended to at all times;

·         Irrigation systems (sprinklers/drippers/soaker hoses) are permitted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8pm to 6am, and must be fitted with a timer;

·         Washing windows and cleaning paved or concrete surfaces, external walls or public facilities is permitted at any time but only using a water efficient, high pressure device (e.g. gerni);

·         Boat motor and trailer flushing is permitted at any time for a maximum of 5 minutes at a low water flow;

·         Filling of swimming pools, spas and water features is only permitted between 4pm and 9am and must be monitored at all times, and;

·         Water tanks connected to or topped up by drinking water supply are subject to the current water restrictions.

The council is currently rolling out a water-wise education campaign to encourage residents and businesses to conserve water across the region.

"There are a number of ways that we can all contribute to being more water-wise," Cr Maddern said.

"Lawns can be trained to survive on minimal water, mulching keeps soil moist to support healthy plants."

For a list of water-saving tips, visit the council's webpage www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/water-saving-tips.

EARLIER: THE Fraser Coast Regional Council has announced level two water restrictions will take effect on the Fraser Coast from March 1.

From next Wednesday, hand-held hoses will only be permitted between 4pm and 9am, and are to be fitted with a working water efficient trigger nozzle.

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Irrigation systems will only be permitted between 8pm and 6am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Filling pools, spas and water features is permitted between 4pm and 9am with a hose, but must be monitored at all times.

Rainwater tanks connected to mains reticulated water supply are not exempt from restrictions.

Breaches of water restrictions will be investigated by the council and penalties for non-compliance can apply.



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