Level one water restrictions introduced in Bellingen Shire
IT'S AN ominous sign with warmer weather approaching that Bellingen Shire Council has introduced level one water restrictions.
Due to the continued dry weather and lack of significant rainfall, water flows in the Bellinger River have fallen to approximately 70 megalitres per day.
If there is no significant rainfall in the next 5-8 weeks, the prediction is river flows may fall below 47 megalitres per day and at these low levels, the council is required to introduce the moderate level of restrictions as stipulated in the water extraction licence.
"Over the past week, water consumption has increased significantly due the lack of rainfall and the warmer days," general manager Liz Jeremy said.
"Council is asking residents to please conserve water, use it wisely and not to water gardens during the middle parts of the day."
Level one restrictions mean micro-sprays and drippers/sub-surface can be used for a maximum of 15 minutes.
Hand held hoses can be used for one hour every second day, between the hours of 4pm and 9am on odd or even days matching the house numbering system.
Other irrigation and unattended hoses are not permitted.