Media Release - Water Restrictions

Given the prolonged dry spell the Council has received a number of enquiries regarding the water restrictions which apply to the Nambucca local government area.

At this stage the Council has not increased the level of water restrictions and they remain at the base, permanent conservation level of no unattended hoses between the hours of 9.00am and 4.00pm. Council has designated field officers for the purpose of detecting breaches of water restrictions. The penalty for a first offence is $220.

Council’s Mayor, Rhonda Hoban said that, “Council staff continue to monitor the flow in the Nambucca River which is still holding just above the 95th percentile flow for the month (ie the flow which is exceeded 95% of the time for that particular month)”.

“If the river level drops below this flow rate the Council will cease pumping from the Nambucca River and take its reticulated water from the 5,000ML Bowra Dam which is close to full capacity. The 5,000ML capacity of Bowra Dam compares to the Nambucca Valley’s yearly consumption of around 1,500ML. Therefore we are fortunate in having considerable capacity to deal with a prolonged drought”, she said.

A further assessment of the appropriate water restrictions and usage will be made if and when the Council ceases pumping from the Nambucca River and commences to use its off river water storage.

“Regardless of the level of water restrictions the Council advocates that all residents take sensible water conservation measures to reduce demand to save this precious resource and at the same time reduce their water bills. Measures like AAA rated shower roses; only using the full flush on the toilet when needed; turning the tap off when brushing your teeth or shaving; only operating a fully loaded dishwasher; and checking for leaks are all simple measures which can save a lot of water”, she said

For enquiries please contact the Mayor, Councillor Rhonda Hoban OAM on 6569 5556 or 0408 661 412.

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