NEW WA­TER RULES

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE -

ST GE­ORGE res­i­dents will need to pre­pare them­selves for sum­mer, with the on­go­ing drought forc­ing the town to move up to level two sum­mer wa­ter re­stric­tions.

The change will come in to ef­fect on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1.

Coun­cil’s wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion from the SunWater St Ge­orge wa­ter sup­ply scheme is cur­rently sit­ting at 1500ML-1000ML, which has ac­ti­vated the Level 2 Sum­mer Wa­ter Re­stric­tions.

This is out­lined un­der the St Ge­orge Wa­ter Re­stric­tion Pol­icy.

Re­stric­tions will mainly con­cern gar­dens, which res­i­dents will only be able to wa­ter between 6-8am and 6-8pm on their al­lo­cated days.

Coun­cil has also of­fered other gar­den tips to help with the wa­ter re­stric­tions, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing weeds so they do not com­pete with plants for wa­ter, and en­cour­ag­ing greater root growth with wa­ter­ing tech­niques.

Plant­ing na­tive species has also been rec­om­mended as a so­lu­tion, be­cause they re­quire less wa­ter and main­te­nance.

Use of wa­ter­ing sys­tems not draw­ing from the town wa­ter sup­ply, such as a prop­erty bore, should be ac­com­pa­nied by ap­pro­pri­ate sig­nage clearly vis­i­ble from the street.

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