Mayoral Minute - Level 2 Water Restrictions for Dubbo Region.

At the upcoming Ordinary Meeting of Council, Monday 27 May 2019, Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields will table a Mayoral Minute to introduce Level 2 water restrictions across the local government area as a proactive response to the ongoing drought.

The level 2 water restrictions if endorsed by Council will come into effect as of the 1 June 2019.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said Council has a responsibility to preserve water supplies as Burrendong Dam levels drop to 6%.

“Water NSW have not reduced our allocation of water from the Macquarie River yet however I feel it’s our moral duty to be proactive in this space.

“It’s important for Council to play its part in responsibly managing water within the catchment, particularly given the severity of the current drought and the decreasing level of Burrendong Dam,” Clr Shields said.

State MP for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders says it’s important that Dubbo Regional Council consider these measures, after attending the high security water users’ meeting at Narromine last week.

“There is obviously the need to share the burden going forward, so I am supporting and encouraging council to take a leadership role on this issue,” Mr Saunders said.

“I am sure that the people of the Dubbo region will support this proactive measure. It’s important that we all do our bit.”

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 only every second day between set times, not with the use of fixed sprinklers.

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

“Recent usage data indicates that this time of the year is when water usage is generally much lower, due to less use of evaporative air conditioners and outside watering, so it is a good time to raise the community’s awareness of how much water they need for normal internal usage,” Clr Shields said.

“If the drought continues and the need to impose further restrictions becomes necessary, action now by Council will ensure that the community is more aware of the need for these restrictions, and better able to understand the role they can play as individuals on an ongoing basis to help get through the drought,” he said.

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: 20 May 2019

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