BY KAYNE STEPHENS
Low Level water restrictions could become mandatory for Singleton residents, as Council looks at preserving its falling water supply levels.
Levels at Glennies Creek Dam have fallen to 54-per-cent and if dry weather continues, enforced restrictions could come into place in the area.
Singleton Mayor, Councillor Sue Moore, says Council is working carefully to preserve the water supply.
“Water is an important resource and we need to be mindful of how we use and preserve water even in good conditions,” she said.
The Level 1 (low level) restrictions were applied to Singleton last year, but only on a voluntary basis.
Council says its pleased to see residents have already been saving water, but is considering enforcing its low level restrictions, similar to Sydney.
“It’s great to see the people of Singleton have taken on board tips to save water”.
Cr More says water levels and usage are being monitored and Council will consider enforcing water rules if drought conditions continue.
“Council is closely monitoring the status of water in order to inform the need to implement mandatory low level restrictions in the next few months, because of concerns about the supply of water into the future particularly if drought conditions worsen,” she said.
According to Singleton Council, the restrictions for residential properties would mean:
- Watering of lawns by watering systems, microsprays, drip systrems, soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses may only occur between 6am to 10am and 4pm to 10pm daily in winter
- Watering of residential gardens by watering systems, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses may only occur between 6am to 10am and 4pm to 10pm daily in winter
- Topping up or filling of garden water features is permitted
- Irrigation of new turf is permitted for one week after laying, which after level 1 restriction of watering lawns applies
- Washing down of walls or paved surfaces is not permitted.
Residents are advised that if the restrictions come into place, they will be enforced.
“If mandatory restrictions are introduced, penalties will apply to customers found to be misusing water,” Cr Moore said.
|The restrictions were introduced on a voluntary basis, but could become mandatory if dry conditions continue. (Image: Singleton Council)|