War on water waste
LOCAL officers will be out in force next week to slap those not adhering to Level Two water restrictions with hefty fines.
Due to a predicted late start to the wet season, Douglas Shire Council is urging residents to use water efficiently.
On-the-spot fines of $391 for residential, and $1958 for non-residential, customers will apply for noncompliance.
Current water usage could force council’s hand to resort to level three water restrictions, something never done before in the shire.
Council says about 75 per cent of the water supply (about 150ML per month) is used on lawns and gardens.
Mayor Julia Leu said there was a window of opportunity to be water wise and avoid level three water restrictions.
“Council has a responsibility to make sure there is enough water for locals and visitors; I am strongly urging everyone to help us They are for everyone’s benefit,” she said. “Our water levels are spiralling towards drought conditions but resorts and some residents continue to use sprinklers and openly disregard water restrictions.”