The Tyalgum Water Supply area will move to level two water restrictions from midnight Sunday, 6 December.
Tweed Shire Council announced on Wednesday that it had already begun the necessary process required to move restrictions to level two with plans to move them to level four if need be.
‘Given the current flow conditions in the Oxley River and average daily water consumption, without rain soon Tyalgum will go to level 4 water restrictions potentially within two to four weeks,’ the manager of Water and Wastewater Operations, Brie Jowett said.
The restrictions will apply to all residential and commercial customers who are connected to the Tyalgum water supply.
Level 2 restrictions
Level two restrictions are focussed on limiting outdoor water usage. They aim to reduce the average usage of residents to 144 litres per day, last week the average usage for Tylagum residents was 191 litres.
Locals will be required to water their garden on alternating days depending on their house number (odd house numbers water on odd dates and even house numbers on even dates) for no more than 30 minutes with a hose or 15 minutes with an irrigation system.
Cars can be washed for a total of 10 minutes between 4 pm and 9 am using efficient high-pressure cleaners where possible.
Existing pools and spas can be topped up in these same times but may not be emptied and refilled.
The Council has stated that it is likely to trigger pre-restriction activities for the wider Tweed area if the dry weather continues and the water level in the Clarrie Hall Dam continues to fall past critical levels.
Tyalgum water customers can read the full list of Level 2 water restrictions in Council’s Policy – Drought Water Restrictions, available on Council’s website.