Level 2 water restrictions will come into effect in Eurobodalla on Saturday 1 December.
It comes after level 1 water restrictions were introduced in October.
Eurobodalla Council’s Infrastructure Services Director Warren Sharpe said the measures would help conserve Eurobodalla’s water supply as the community moved into its highest water use period.
“Council appreciates so many people in our community are already cautious about their water use. Level 1 and 2 water restrictions are designed to ensure everyone uses our water more wisely,” he said.
The major change between level 1 and 2 water restrictions is that under level 2, all residential outdoor water use must be conducted with a hand-held hose, or a drip irrigation system, between 6-8am in the morning or 6-8pm in the evening.
Sprinklers, spray systems and unattended hoses are still banned. Washing down hard surfaces, such as decks, walls, windows, driveways and footpaths is also still banned.
Cars, boats and bikes can be washed between 6-8am or 6-8pm on grass using buckets and a final rinse with a trigger-nozzle hose.
New and existing swimming pools and outdoor spas can be topped up using a hand-held hose between 6-8am or 6-8pm. Boat motors can be flushed on grass between 6-8am or 6-8pm.
Eurobodalla’s water supply is sourced from the Deua and Tuross rivers, and while recent rain has marginally improved river flows, the water level in Deep Creek Dam has not increased.
Mr Sharpe said Council was planning to secure Eurobodalla’s water supply long term through its proposed new southern dam near Bodalla - Council is currently seeking funding for the project.
Water restrictions are enforceable and applicable to all shire water users, including residents, visitors and commercial and public services. Some exemptions apply to businesses who use water for business purposes.
Water restrictions do not apply to properties with an approved bore pump, however their bore must be registered with NSW Department of Primary Industries and must display an official sign that states they are using bore water. Residents are reminded that bore water is also a limited resource and it’s important to use it wisely.
For the full list of restrictions for residential and commercial water users, visit Council’s website www.esc.nsw.gov.au/water. Hard copy information is also available in Eurobodalla’s libraries, Council depots and at the customer service centre in Moruya.
Above: Council’s water is sourced from the Deua and Tuross rivers – pictured on 19 October, 2018. River levels are too low to reliably extract water so the Eurobodalla community will move into level 2 water restrictions on Saturday 1 December.