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Water Restrictions

Water Restrictions


Current Restrictions


The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a hot summer, with no forecast for significant rain, so water restrictions will apply as of Monday 16 December 2019.


The restrictions apply to everyone in the Wingecarribee Shire. This includes all residents, commercial and industrial premises.


Using drinking water for firefighting and Council operational activities is not restricted.


The following water sources are not affected by water restrictions:


  • Greywater (water that's collected after being used in washing machines, sinks and showers etc)
  • Rainwater (as long as the tank/dam isn't topped up from, or switched to, the drinking water supply)
  • Bore water (some government restrictions apply)
  • River water (you need to have a licence)


However, many of these water sources have other controls on how they can be used and it's still important to use all water wisely.


If we all do our bit and save a little, together we'll make a big difference.



Exemptions


We can provide some residential customers with an exemption for new turf or medical reasons contact us on 4868 0888 for more information.


Domestic


Gardens and Lawns


You can water lawns and gardens before 10 am and after 4 pm using:


  • Hand held hoses with trigger nozzle
  • Drip feed systems.


You can't:


  • use a sprinkler, soaker hose, mist sprayer at any time
  • leave hoses and taps running unattended
  • put the sprinklers on for children to play under.


Car washing and window cleaning

  • Bucket to be used for washing
  • Permissible to rinse by hose
  • To minimise waste, wash cars on the grass where possible.


External Hard Surfaces


  • No hard surfaces may be washed - water usage banned.


New Turf


  • Hand held hose may be used between 4pm and 10am.

  • A permit is required for fixed watering systems and sprinklers, contact us with evidence of new turf being installed and we will respond with approved conditions.


Swimming Pools


  • Filling of new or renovated pools to be by hand held hose between 4pm and 10am.

Commercial/Business Premises


Public gardens and schools


  • Sprinklers may be used between 6am and 10am
  • Hand held hoses may be used between 4pm and 10am


Sporting grounds including bowling, croquet and golf clubs (greens and tees only)

  • Sprinklers may be used between 6am and 10am
  • Hand held hoses may be used between 4pm and 10am


Market gardens, orchards, vineyards, nurseries etc


  • Sprinklers may be used between 6am and 10am
  • Hand held hose can be used at any time
  • Sprinklers between noon and 2pm on days when the forecast is 30⁰ or above.


Washing of licensed passenger vehicles, emergency service, food transport and garbage vehicles


  • Hand held hose with trigger nozzle or pressure washers may be used at anytime.


Brick/building cleaning, car detailing, car retailers, motor repairers, commercial cleaners, commercial painters


  • Hand held hose with trigger nozzle or pressure washers may be used at anytime.


Building/Earthworks contractors, sand/gravel concrete suppliers

  • Hand held hose with trigger nozzle or pressure washers may be used at anytime.


Cleaning of paved public areas for health or safety reasons, food preparation or consumption areas (includes public/school toilets)

  • Hand held hose with trigger nozzle or pressure washers may be used at anytime.


Industrial


Industrial uses - water used in manufacturing

  • No restrictions

How can you tell us about someone misusing water?

If you see someone deliberately misusing water, you can make a report about water restrictions. Contact us on 4868 0888 or email mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au

Last Updated: January 16th, 2020
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