Molong Level 4 Water Restrictions Effective Thursday 30th of May 2019

Published on 29 May 2019

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Council’s capacity to supply reticulated water to the residents of Molong has been significantly impacted due to the reduced level of water within the Molong Creek Dam. To ensure Council’s ability for the continued supplied of reticulated water, Council has had to impose Level 4 Water Restrictions. The target consumption for residents is 200L per day. The restrictions for residential and non-residential properties are as follows:

Residential Water Restrictions - Molong

 

Level 4 Very High

Available Dam Storage

40%

Target consumption

200 L/person/day

Watering of Lawns

Note: Subject to varying Summer and Winter Times

Not Permitted

Watering of

Residential Gardens:

Subject to varying Summer and Winter

Watering systems, non-fixed sprinklers, hand held hoses not permitted at any time. Micro sprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, only.

Summer Time between 6pm-8pm. Only on each Wednesday and Sunday. Winter Time 4pm-6pm. On each Wednesday and Sunday.

Topping up, filling of garden water features

Permitted

Irrigation of new Turf

Not Permitted

Washing Down of walls or paved surfaces

Not permitted

Topping up of private pools

Only between hours of 7am-9am and between 6pm-8pm every day provided pool covers are used

 

First fill of private pools

Only with council permission and with water savings elsewhere on property and provided pool covers are used

Washing of cars at home

Permitted with bucket only on lawn between 9am-12pm any day

Baths, showers

Five minute showers, one bath (per person per day

Washing of clothes

Full loads only permitted

Use of evaporative coolers

Permitted only 7am-Midnight­ daily

Inflatable or temporary children’s pools

Permitted

 

Non-Residential Water Restrictions - Molong

 

Level 4 Very High

Available Dam Storage

40%

Target consumption

200 L/person/day

Watering of Lawns

Note: Subject to varying Summer and Winter Times

Not Permitted

Watering of

Gardens:

Subject to varying Summer and Winter

Watering systems, non-fixed sprinklers, hand held hoses not permitted at any time. Micro sprays, drip systems, soaker hoses, only.

Summer Time between 6pm-8pm. Only on each Wednesday and Sunday. Winter Time 4pm-6pm. On each Wednesday and Sunday.

Topping up of public pools

Only between hours of 7am-9am and between 6pm-8pm, every day provided pool covers are used

First fill of public pools/spas including those in motels

Only with council permission and with water savings elsewhere on property and provided pool covers are used

Turf farm irrigation, market gardens

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Irrigation of new Turf on non-residential properties

Not Permitted

Public car and truck wash facilities

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Construction industry e.g. mortar and concrete mix

Permitted.

Construction- wash down, paint prep

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Cleaning - exterior

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Commercial or government nurseries

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Abattoirs

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Food/pet food production

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Canneries

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Pet care

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Public water features

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

childcare

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Public parks, garden, aviaries, plant houses, zoos

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Schools, colleges etc.

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Hospitals, hospices, rehab centres

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Aged accommodation

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Motels, caravan parks, cabins

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Hotels, registered clubs

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

Business with cooling towers

Business must implement and comply with WSAP

 

Under Cabonne Council’s Drought Management Plan, Level 4 Restrictions are triggered when there is insufficient supply in the primary water supply of the Molong Creek Dam. After taking into consideration long term rainfall forecasts for the catchment area, Cabonne Council has been required to further increase restrictions. It is considered essential that implementation occurs to maintain our ability to supply vital water to Molong Residents.

Level 4 restrictions are enforceable under the Local Government Act 1993 - Section 637 (1) “A person who wilfully or negligently wastes or misuses water from a public water supply, or causes any such water to be wasted, is guilty of an offence.” This is a finable offence of up to 20 penalty units ($220)

Cabonne Council will be monitoring water usage in the Molong village with the aim to reduce usage in the town and conserve water. This will include the monitoring of the adherence to water restrictions and serving of notices where appropriate. Council will also monitor long term forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology and flows in the Molong Creek Dam.

Cabonne Council would like to thank all consumers for utilising our water asset wisely and understanding the implications of water misuse on the community.

Your assistance in reducing your water consumption is essential to maintain sufficient supply to residents for essential household purposes.

Businesses are advised to contact Cabonne Council for information on creating a business specific Water Action Saving Plan (WSAP).

Should you require any additional information regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Cabonne Council’s Engineering Department on 6390 7100.

Note:

WSAP - This refers to a Water Savings Action Plan, please contact Council for more information on creating a business specific WSAP.

Definitions

·A watering system is any automated system for the watering of lawns by any means.

·A micro spray irrigation system may be a manual or automatic lawn irrigation system that uses small sprays known as micro sprays to irrigate lawn or gardens.

·A drip system is a surface or subsurface, manual or automatic system that uses a dripper or emitter to water lawn or gardens.

·A soaker hose is a fixed or moveable hose with a series of small openings to water lawn or gardens.

·A non-fixed sprinkler is an above ground sprinkler that is attached to and supplied with water from a hose or similar used, automatically or manually, with or without a timer, to irrigate lawn or gardens.