Coast hit by water bans

A 46% increase in average water consumption in September has forced Rockhampton Regional Council to impose Level Three water restrictions at the Capricorn Coast.

The authority acted yesterday.

It has imposed the restrictions which mean there is a ban on irrigation and sprinkler systems and no watering of existing lawns.

Hand-held watering will be allowed only from 6am to 9am and 5pm to 8pm.

Cr Greg Belz, chairman of the council's Water Committee, said consumption would be closely monitored.

This monitoring would continue until the Rockhampton to Yeppoon water pipeline was in use early next year.

Meanwhile, the Regional Council has agreed to lift water restrictions in the Gracemere and Mount Morgan areas.

However, Cr Belz has urged residents in those centres to be cautious and to not force a situation where restrictions would have to be reimposed.



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