Low flows in the Bellinger River will see level 3 water restrictions introduced in the shire from tomorrow.
Low flows in the Bellinger River will see level 3 water restrictions introduced in the shire from tomorrow.

Falling river levels see water restrictions raised

LEVEL 3 water restrictions will be introduced in Bellingen due to low flows in the Bielsdown and Bellinger rivers.

Bellingen Shire Council today announced the mandatory restrictions will start from tomorrow in accordance with its water extraction licence.

Under Level 3 restrictions the changes mean:

Sprinklers, soaker hoses, micro irrigation, drip irrigation and hand held watering are banned except for newly laid
turf, in which case written approval is required.

Hours of hand watering will be 6pm - 7pm by bucket only

- No watering on Mondays

- Odd house numbers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

- Even house numbers on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Vehicles must be washed and rinsed with a bucket only and must be carried out on a grassed area

Filling pools is banned and topping up can only be carried out during specified days and hours.

A list of activities permitted during all levels of water restriction is contained in the Bellingen Shire Residential Water Restrictions Table on Council's website.

Follow the link to Water and Sewer under the Works and Services tab at http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au

Residents are asked to ensure they adhere to the water restrictions to help preserve our water in this very dry time and because breaches of the guidelines attract a $220 fine.

Requests for exemption from consumers with special needs will be considered, but unless written exemption has been given, watering with fixed hoses or sprinklers is prohibited.



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