Gracemere’s Anna Poots has already lost $200 worth of plants to the dry spell and now she’ll have to cope with watering restrictions imposed yesterday.
Gracemere’s Anna Poots has already lost $200 worth of plants to the dry spell and now she’ll have to cope with watering restrictions imposed yesterday. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Restrictions on water to hit towns

THE drought is taking its toll on Anna Poots’s garden – and new water restrictions imposed on Gracemere and Mount Morgan yesterday aren’t going to help.

Anna was busy yesterday replacing plants killed by the lack of water at her home in Gracemere.

“It’s really hard to keep anything alive, even the drought hardy plants are having a tough time,” Anna said.

Householders in Gracemere and Mount Morgan are being forced to cut-back on water consumption because demand is exceeding supply and there is a need to replenish the local reservoir.

In Gracemere water pressure is low – some people have been complaining that water is merely dribbling through their taps.

And Fitzroy River Water revealed yesterday it wants to cut consumption in the town by more than a million litres a day, from seven megalitres to less than six.

Rockhampton Regional Council adopted Level Two restrictions for the two towns yesterday afternoon in accordance with its drought management plan.

The restrictions ban watering of gardens on all days between 9am and 4pm and permit handheld watering each day from 4pm to 9am.

Irrigation systems and sprinklers are not permitted on Mondays and can only be used from 4pm to 9am as follows: odd numbered properties on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; even numbered properties on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Residents who use recycled water or draw from bores, are exempt from the restrictions.

Cr Greg Belz, chairman of Rockhampton Regional Council’s Water Committee, said there was little alternative to restrict external water use.

Hot weather had caused a surge in demand since it last rained, he said.

“It’s understandable that in these severe weather conditions water usage increases, however it’s just not sustainable and consequently, restrictions need to be implemented until the drought breaks.

“People want to water their gardens – this is understandable but it’s not sustainable in these historic hot and dry weather conditions. This major increase in water usage would place a strain on any water supply system of this nature.”

More severe Level Three water restrictions are in place at the Capricorn Coast, and have reduced consumption by about 24%. But Rockhampton continues to be free from water restrictions.

Fitzroy River Water says it continued to monitor the situation throughout the region in order to best manage the high demand. It says the continued low rainfall has meant that consumption remains above average.

“Each of us has a responsibility to use water wisely to ensure a secure water supply for current and future generations,” said Cr Belz.



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