Following last weeks announcement of level 1 water restrictions for Mullumbimby it has now been upgraded to level 3 water restrictions.
According to Byron Shire Council (BSC), ‘The upgrade from Level 1 straight to Level 3 is in response to a further drop of the water levels at Mullumbimby’s water supply, Laverty’s Gap Weir on Wilsons Creek. In addition, the escalated water restriction is to ensure a secure supply in the reservoir to withstand the current threat of bushfires in the region.’
For Mullumbimby residents Level 3 water restrictions mean:
- No watering of established lawns;
- Watering of gardens only permitted between 4pm and 9am every second day (using house number system) for a maximum of 10 minutes using a hand held hose;
- All hoses must be fitted with on/off nozzles, Irrigation systems and unattended hoses are now banned; Water play tools, toys and slides not permitted;
- Pet washing only permitted between 4pm and 9am using a bucket only. Hose washing is now banned;
- Washing of driveways, paved areas, roofs, walls, windows, paths not permitted except for health and safety reasons by registered cleaning businesses only;
- Car washing only permitted between 4pm and 9am on odd or even days (using house number system) for a maximum of five minutes using an efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaner with trigger control.
For business operators, such as commercial car washing, car detailing and commercial pools and spas are also required to log their water use. Businesses are required to gain prior Council approval for filling of new pools and spas. Watering of gardens, lawns and washing of driveways, paved areas, roofs, walls and paths on commercial premises is not permitted (some exceptions apply, refer to Council’s website).
Residents and businesses are encouraged to check the full list of Level 3 Water Restrictions on Council’s website.
‘The flow into the weir has continued to decrease with the water level at the top of the weir now 770mm below the overflow point,’ said BSC director of infrastructure and services, Phil Holloway.
Water restrictions have not been implemented elsewhere in the Byron Shire, however residents are being asked to be careful with water use to delay the need for restrictions.
With the exception of Mullumbimby, Byron Shire’s water supply is provided by Rous County Council (RCC) which manages the Rocky Creek and Emigrant Creek dams. RCC is the principal water supply authority for the Lismore, Ballina and Richmond Valley Shires as well.