Council endorses Level 2 Water Restrictions

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has tabled a Mayoral Minute to introduce Level 2 water restrictions across the local government area as a proactive response to the ongoing drought at tonight’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

Council noted this mayoral minute and agreed to introduce the restrictions across the local government area (LGA).  The level 2 water restrictions will come into effect as of 1 June 2019.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said the ongoing drought continues to present challenges to all water users.

“Council is taking a proactive approach to water responsibility as Burrendong Dam levels drop to 6%, I think it’s necessary for our community to reduce its water usage,” Clr Shields said. 

“Council’s water allocations have not yet been reduced by Water NSW however I feel this Council should be pre-emptive in this space,” he said.

As per Council’s Drought Management Plan level 2 water restrictions will allow a residential target water use of 301 litres per person / per day.

The restrictions will involve an “odds and evens” system under which watering of gardens and lawns is permitted between set times.

Restrictions will also impact Council assets such as parks and gardens. Council will review current watering practices for those assets.

Councillor Dayne Gumley also tabled a notice of motion addressing the region’s water security.

Council endorsed Councillor Gumley’s motion and requested the CEO prepare a report for the June Ordinary Meeting of Council regarding Council’s existing and proposed water infrastructure and its ability to reduce the impact of drought on LGA and associated cost to work towards long term water security for the LGA.

The motion also request the CEO prepare a water security master plan for consideration of Council by September 2019.

“Water is our most precious resource, we need to have reassurance of our ability to withstand ever increasing instances of drought is on the agenda long term and not simply looked at through the prism of election cycles,” said Clr Gumley.

Residents can find information about the restrictions on Dubbo Regional Council’s website at www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au or by contacting the DRC administration office on 02 6801 4000.

Last Edited: 30 May 2019

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