Council caught red-handed breaking water conservation guidelines
CAIRNS Regional Council has been caught out breaching its own guidelines in the middle of a costly campaign to encourage water conservation.
Shannonvale resident Roisin Allen complained to council after observing Anzac Park and the Mossman Showgrounds being watered in the middle of the day.
“I was of the understanding that sprinklers were permitted between the hours of 5am to 9am and 5pm to 9pm. I’m not sure how you apply the odd and even numbers rule to public parks or show grounds, but regardless, it would make sense if these areas were watered either early in the day or late in the afternoon,” she said.
Council’s water and waste manager Bruce Gardiner said he has taken onboard the complaint and will correct the situation.
“ We are very aware of council playing our part in the wiser use of water and I will raise the use of sprinklers with the relevant staff,” Mr Gardiner said.
“It is not acceptable for council to do what we are asking the community not to.
“The odds and evens watering days does apply to parks and gardens as does the watering time restrictions to the cooler parts of the day.”