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Level 1 water restrictions now in effect

Level 1 water restrictions come into effect today, Monday 14 October 2019, and will remain in force across the shire until further notice.

Eurobodalla Council’s director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe said the restrictions would help ensure the long-term security of the shire’s drinking water supply.

“Acting now means we can sustain our potable water supplies to residents. We’ll continue to provide residents and visitors with updates on the restriction level and plenty of information about what can and can’t be done under each level of restriction.”

Level 1 restrictions allow only one hand-held hose per property or one drip-irrigation system, used between 5pm and 10am, per household.

The following actions are not permitted under level 1 restrictions:

· fixed sprinklers, micro-spray systems and unattended hoses

· washing down hard surfaces including decks, patios, driveways

· washing all watercraft, trailers or vehicles at boat ramps.

Cars, boats and bikes can be washed at residences on grass areas using buckets and a final rinse with a trigger nozzle hose between the hours of 5pm and 10 am. Boat motors are to be flushed on grass. Existing and new swimming pools and external spas can be topped up using a hand-held hose between 5pm and 10am. Cover when not in use.

Commercial businesses should check Council’s website to ensure their business water practices are in line with the current restrictions. There are no restrictions for emergency services.

Mr Sharpe said the community needed to help by adhering to water-use conditions but there was no need for people to be alarmed.

“To keep people informed, we’ll be posting the current and previous week’s water storage and usage amounts on Council’s website and in the weekly Noticeboard, in print and online. We’ll also be distributing plenty of printed information explaining the restrictions,” he said.

For more information, including current storage and usage, Council’s Water Restrictions Policy, allowed and banned use under the five water restriction levels, and hints and tips for saving water visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/water or phone 1800 441 070.

Above: Aerial view of the Tuross Water Pumping Station. Level 1 water restrictions are in effect across the shire from Monday 14 October.

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