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A poor wet sea­son and pro­longed dry sea­son have prompted Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil to is­sue Level 1 wa­ter re­stric­tions from to­day (thurs­day, Novem­ber 3).

Gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions Nick Well­wood said the in­take lev­els for all wa­ter sup­plies within the Dou­glas Shire are on a down­ward trend and un­able to keep up with de­mand.

“The phys­i­cal wa­ter level in all in­takes is low and rep­re­sen­ta­tive of drought con­di­tions,” Mr Well­wood said.

“Con­sump­tion is on a steady in­crease in line with sea­sonal trends which could prove prob­lem­atic if cur­rent trends con­tinue.”

Un­der Level 1 wa­ter re­stric­tions, wa­ter­ing is only per­mit­ted be­tween the hours of 6am 9am and 6pm - 9pm on al­ter­nate days with a: • Sprin­kler; • Hand-held trig­ger or twist noz­zle; • Ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem; or • Wa­ter­ing can or bucket. “Al­ter­nate days” shall mean des­ig­nated days of wa­ter use.

• Prop­er­ties with an odd street num­ber may wa­ter on Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Sun­day;

•Prop­er­ties with an even street num­ber may wa­ter on Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day;

•Prop­er­ties with­out a Coun­cil-pre­scribed street num­ber may wa­ter on Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day;

•No wa­ter­ing is per­mit­ted on Mon­day

On the spot fines (Penalty In­fringe­ment No­tices) of $365 for Res­i­den­tial Cus­tomers and $1828 for Non-Res­i­den­tial Cus­tomers ap­ply for non-com­pli­ance of re­stric­tions.

Fur­ther de­tails of Level 1 re­stric­tions can be found on Coun­cil’s web­site www.dou­glas.qld.gov.au or by con­tact­ing Coun­cil on 4099 9444.

Level 1 wa­ter re­stric­tions were in par­tic­u­lar tar­geted at the big wa­ter con­sumers such as re­sorts but every­one is urged to play their part.

“Ev­ery drop of wa­ter saved counts and with such an en­vi­ron­men­tally-aware com­mu­nity we’re ap­pre­cia­tive of any ef­forts to re­duce wa­ter con­sump­tion,” Mr Well­wood said.

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