Water restrictions for Eurobodalla end today, Friday 15 May.
With the shire’s back-up water supply at Deep Creek Dam again over 90 percent, Eurobodalla returns from level 2 water restrictions to permanent water conservation measures.
However, Council’s director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe said it was vital residents and visitors continued using water wisely.
“If last summer showed us anything, it was the value of our water,” Mr Sharpe said.
“Despite February’s flooding rain, the region remains very dry with the Department of Primary Industry classifying Eurobodalla in drought, and Bega Valley in intense drought. Our rivers are running low, and winter rain is forecast to be below average.”
Mr Sharpe said he was confident the community accepted water conservation as a part of daily life.
“Dropping water restrictions frees home owners from specific time slots to water gardens, which will be welcome as the days continue to shorten,” Mr Sharpe said.
“That’s not a free-for-all on water. If rain hasn’t washed ash off your house, your hose isn’t going to either. Wash solar panels, screens and windows with a bucket of suds. Keep the trigger-nozzle hose for the final rinse.”
Council recommends households and businesses adopt the following outdoor-use water practices during permanent water conservation measures:
Use water between 4pm and 10am using hand-held hoses, fixed sprinklers, drip-irrigation or micro-spray systems
Only wash hard surfaces – paths, decks, driveways – with a trigger-nozzle hose when cleaning up after dangerous spills, prior to painting, or removing growths of algae or moss
Wash private vehicles, boats and flush motors on grass areas using buckets and a final rinse with a trigger-nozzle hose
Cover private swimming pools/external spas when not in use
Washing vehicles and watercraft at boat ramps is always banned.
For more information on permanent water conservation measures, visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/water. For more information on how to save water in the home or at work, visit https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/living-in/natural-environment/get-help/saving-water.
Above: Eurobodalla’s back up water supply at Deep Creek Dam is again over 90 percent capacity but residents and business owners are urged to continue using water wisely with low river flow and below average rain predictions for winter.