Current Status: LEVEL 1 - WATER RESTRICTIONS IN FORCE FROM 5 DECEMBER 2019
Level 1 Water Restrictions apply to external use of all potable (drinking) water supplied from Council’s reticulated water supply system.
No restrictions apply to internal use, however all water conservation measures are encouraged.
What days can I water? If your house is an even number you can water on even dates and if you house is an odd number you can water on odd dates. Residential outside water use is not permitted on the 31st day of the month.
- handheld hoses, fitted with a water cut-off trigger or control nozzle, can be used for a maximum of 1 hour before 9am OR after 4.00pm on odd or even dates matching house number.
- water sprinklers or fixed hoses are banned.
- micro-sprays, with nozzles less than 3mm in diameter, may be used for 15 minutes within the above allocation.
- watering cans, buckets and tank water can be used at any time.
- car and boat washing (on lawn area) with bucket and trigger hose rinse is permitted at any time.
- boat motor flushing is permitted on lawn area for 5 minutes only at any time
- topping up of pools or spas is permitted with hand-held hose only for 1 hour before 9am OR after 4pm
- cleaning windows, walls, roofs and gutters is permitted with buckets only before 9am OR after 4pm
- cleaning driveways, paths and hardstand areas is permitted for health and safety reasons only
- Exemptions for establishing new turf are available from Council
- sporting field irrigation systems can be used between 1am to 2am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- public/community gardens may use handheld hoses between 8am and 9am Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- fountains and garden ponds may use handheld hose for up to 1 hour before 9am OR after 4.00pm
Commercial and Industrial
- Sprinkler systems can be used at nurseries, bowling greens and commercial market gardens for a maximum of 2 hours before 9am
- Businesses and commercial activities that utilise water for their normal business are exempt (other than plant nurseries, bowling greens and commercial market gardens), eg high pressure water cleaning businesses.
- All other businesses must use a hand-held hose (with cut-off trigger or control nozzle) for a maximum of 1 hour before 9am OR after 4pm
- Dust suppression is permitted with recycled water only.
All water usage and associated activities must not cause pollution as defined under the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act 1997.
Breaches, Penalties and Reporting
- on-the-spot fines of $220 and
- up to $2,200 fines, if prosecuted through the Local District Court. In addition, the same penalties apply for water theft and unauthorised access of water from Council’s mains and hydrants.
How can I report water wastage or breaching of water restrictions?
Call Council on 6568 2555 between 8.30am to 4.30pm
Council adopted an amended water supply policy on 26 November 2015. The policy includes a simplified water restriction table that is proposed to be common to all NSW North Coast Councils.
Residents are requested to conserve water and the table includes a water conservation measure that is in force at all times.
You are advised that Section 637 of the Local Government Act 1993 allows for penalties of up to $2000 for any person who wilfully or negligently wastes or misuses water from a public water supply, or causes such water to be wasted.
Council has designated field officers for the purpose of detecting breaches of the current water restrictions and intends to take legal action against any persons involved in such breaches.
For a first offence - $220 For second and subsequent offences - $2200
For more information on the water supply in the Nambucca Valley please click here