Council has endorsed a report from the Chief Executive Officer at the July Ordinary Meeting of Council to lower level 3 water restrictions across the Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Local Government Area (LGA) to level 1 water restrictions, effective immediately.

The level 1 water restrictions allow residents to water outside without a time limit and increases the residential daily target per person per day to 380 litres - up from 320 litres.

Chief Executive Officer Michael McMahon encourages residents to continue to be ‘wise with our water’. 

“Due to significant recent rainfall, Burrendong Dam is now at 24.7 per cent capacity.  Additionally, the region is entitled to 100 per cent of its surface water allocation as per the NSW Government regulated allocations,” said Mr McMahon. “Based on the region’s new drought management plan, we feel it’s appropriate and a measured approach to lower the level 3 restrictions to level 1.”

“It’s also appropriate we acknowledge the significant impact the higher -- and necessary -- restrictions had on local residents and businesses; we thank them for their patience and understanding as we all responded to the drought emergency. While we are reducing restrictions now, it is important to remain fully aware of our obligations and need to be water wise.

DRC Director of Infrastructure Julian Geddes said Council will monitor water levels carefully to ensure the security of water for the Dubbo region ahead of next summer.

“Although we are seeing a good volume of water in Burrendong Dam, we will be vigilantly monitoring the changing conditions and will again review the level of water restrictions in October 2020,” said Mr Geddes

Summary of activities permitted under level 1 water restrictions, includes:

  • External watering (no time limit)
  • Watering new turf
  • Washing down walls with pressure washers and trigger hose
  • Washing car on the lawn
  • Topping up private pool – must have pool cover
  • First fill of swimming pool – must have pool cover

DRC, in response to the worst drought of record, implemented water restrictions on 1 June 2019. As drought conditions worsened, Council then implemented level 3 water restrictions on 1 October 2019, followed by level 4 on 1 November 2019.

For more information about level 1 water restrictions, please visit www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au/droughthub

Last Edited: 27 Jul 2020

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