Tweed Shire Council has announced residents are eight weeks away from level one water restrictions unless significant rain arrives in the meantime.
The water level of Clarrie Hall Dam has fallen below 90 per cent capacity, with restrictions set to kick in if they drop below 75 per cent.
The sale and movement of water outside the shire is now banned and carting is not permitted from the Uki and Tyalgum supplies.
Council’s water and wastewater manager, Anthony Burnham, said the level of Clarrie Hall Dam is dropping close to two per cent a week.
‘To delay the imposition of restrictions, we all need to conserve water where we can. Currently the average use per person per day in the Tweed is 177 litres, against a target of 160 litres per person per day. We know we can do better and there’s no time like now to try,’ he said.
Level 1 restrictions
If implemented, level 1 restrictions would mean you could not water your lawn. You could water your garden every second day (using the odd/even house numbering system) but only for one hour between 4pm and 9am using a hand-held hose or 15 minutes using a micro spray or drip irrigation system. No sprinkler or soaker hoses would be allowed and no one could water their garden on the 31st of the month.
For cars, it’s buckets anytime or hand-held hoses between 4pm and 9am.
To wash the saltwater off the tinny, you would have 10 minutes using a hand-held hose.
NB: This is not an exhaustive list of restrictions.
Permitted uses of water are different for commercial customers and for businesses that rely on water as a key input. These customers should refer directly to Council’s Drought Management Policy to manage their water use if restrictions are applied.