Water Restrictions

Dubbo Regional Council is implementing Level 2 Water Restrictions across the Local Government Area in a proactive response to the region’s Drought.

From Saturday 1 June 2019 Level 2 Water Restrictions are in place. Council requests all water users comply with the activity restrictions.

Level 2 Water Restrictions - What You Need to Know (PDF 738.2KB)

For information and advice to save water around your home or business please visit Council’s Saving Water webpage.


residential  

Activity Level 2 Restrictions

Watering of lawns

Watering systems, sprinklers, hand held hoses, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses only. Between 7:00 am to 10:00 am and between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm as per odds and evens system (explained below).           

Watering of Residential Gardens       

Watering systems, sprinklers, hand held hoses, mircrosprays, drip systems, soaker hoses only. Between 7:00 am to 10:00 am and between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm as per odds and evens system (explained below).
Topping up, filling garden water features Permitted
Irrigation of new turf Permitted for one week after laying after which level 2 restriction on watering lawns applies.
Washing down walls or paved surfaces Not Permitted
Topping up private swimming pools/spas Only between hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 am and between 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm everyday.
First fill of private swimming pools Only between hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 am and between 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm everyday.
Washing cars at home Permitted with bucket and rinse with trigger hose on lawn between 9:00 am to 12:00 pm any day.
Baths, showers Permitted
Washing of clothes Permitted
Use of evaporative air conditioners Permitted
Inflatable or temporary childrens pools Permitted

 

NON-residential  

Activity Level 2 Restrictions
Watering of lawns
Watering systems, sprinklers, hand held hoses, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses only. Between 7:00 am to 10:00 am and between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm as per odds and evens system (explained below).

Watering of Residential Gardens       

Watering systems, sprinklers, hand held hoses, mircrosprays, drip systems, soaker hoses only. Between Between 7:00 am to 10:00 am and between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm as per odds and evens system (explained below).
Topping up public swimming pools/spas, including those in motels etc, Only between hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 am and between 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm everyday.
First fill of public swimming pools/spas, including those in motels etc. Only between hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 am and between 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm everyday.
Turf farm irrigation, market gardens Permitted
Irrigation of new turf on non- residential premises Permitted for one week after laying after which level 2 restriction on watering lawns applies.
Public car and truck wash facilities Permitted 
Construction industry eg mortar or concrete mix Permitted  
Construction - wash down, paint prep, curing. Permitted  
Cleaning - exterior Permitted with pressure trigger hoses, any time.
Commercial or Government nurseries Permitted
Abattoirs Permitted
Food or pet food production Permitted
Canneries Permitted 
Pet care Permitted
Public water features Permitted
Child care Permitted 
Public parks, gardens, avaries, plant houses, zoos Permitted
Schools, technical colleges, colleges, universities Permitted
Hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, rehab centres Permitted
Aged accommodation Permitted
Motels, caravan parks, cabins Permitted
Hotels, registered clubs Permitted
Businesses with cooling towers Permitted

ODDS AND EVENS SYSTEM EXPLAINED

This means that if the street number of your property is odd you can water in accordance with the restrictions on odd days.

If your property has an even number you can water in accordance with the restrictions on even days.

If your property has a range of street numbers then it should be treated as odd or even as per the first number in the range. For example if your property is 12-15 Smith Street then you can water on even days in accordance with the restrictions.

If your property has no street number then it should be treated as an even property. For example if your property is "Tara" then you can water on even days in accordance with the restrictions.

DEFinitions

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

A microspray irrigation system may be a manual or automatic lawn irrigation system that uses small sprays known as microsprays 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.

 

TIMES

The times quoted in the restrictions are based on a 24 hour clock.

For example, if the restrictions state 2200 hrs it is equivalent to 10 pm.

Summer Time - refers to Daylight Saving period 2.00am Eastern Standard Time first Sunday in October to Eastern Daylight Saving Time 3.00am first Sunday in April

Winter Time - refers to the period outside of Daylight Saving Time.

 

OTHER SOURCES OF WATER


These restrictions are restrictions that Council is placing on the use of its potable water supply. If the restrictions say "Not permitted" for a particular use, this means that Council's potable water supply cannot be used for this purpose. Water from another source, however, could be used for this purpose.


Last Edited: 31 May 2019

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