Permanent Water Saving Rules in place in Berrigan Shire
The Berrigan Shire Council is pleased to announce that all water restrictions have been removed and permanent water saving rules now apply. Under the Permanent Water Saving Rules, water can only be utilised in accordance with the following:
Gardens and lawns
Gardens and lawns can only be watered from: 8 pm to 10 am daylight savings time, any day of the week. 6 pm to 10 am eastern standard time, any day of the week.
By an automatic watering system between 10.00 pm and 10.00 am, any day of the week.
No restrictions apply at any time to the use of a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can or a bucket.
Water supplied to premises must not be:
Taken away from the supplied premises.
Used contrary to a Council notice restricting water use
Sportsgrounds can only be watered from: 8 pm to 10 am daylight savings time, any day of the week. 6 pm to 10 am eastern standard time, any day of the week.
Swimming Pools and Spas
New pools and spas may be filled.
Existing pools and spas may be topped up with a hand held hose or an automated system.
Garden ponds may be filled from empty.
Garden ponds can be topped up with a hand held hose or by an automated system.
A fountain which does not re-circulate water must not be operated.
No restriction applies to topping up a fountain at any time.
Dams & Tanks
Dams, tanks or like containers must not be filled or have their water added to or replaced, unless the water is to be used for in-house domestic purposes, stock, fire-fighting purposes or with written permission of the Council.
Only a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle may be used during the construction or repair of any building or works.
Cleaning Paving, Concrete and Other Hard Services (Including Houses, Walls, Sheds etc.)
Water must not be used to clean hard surfaces unless required as a result of:
An accident, fire, health hazard or safety reason; or
Staining on the surface has developed and a hand held hose or high pressure water cleaning device is used (once per season).
For construction or renovation work using a high pressure water cleaning device.
Mobile Water Tankers
A tanker permit from the Council is required.
Tankers with permits may fill at anytime if the water is to be used for firefighting, construction, in-house use, stock watering, crop spraying or public health reasons.
Washing of vehicles using a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or a high pressure water cleaning device is permitted on any surface and on any day of the week.
A commercial car wash can also be used.
Use of recycled, grey or rainwater is exempt unless it has been mixed with water from the reticulated supply.
Commercial car wash facilities that use water from a source other than the Council’s reticulated water system or operate in a way that minimizes water wastage.
Council operated truck wash facilities may only be used to clean livestock cartage vehicles, but a permit is required.
Essential cleaning of paved areas at Finley Livestock Exchange may take place at any time as long as the hose used is in good condition and wastage is minimised.
Commercial Enterprises / Essential Services may be granted an exemption if they can demonstrate financial hardship or a community benefit.
Applications for Exemptions
Applications for temporary or permanent exemptions must be made in writing and addressed to the General Manager.
Exemptions can be considered, amended or revoked at any time.
Persons who willfully or negligently waste or misuse water from a public water supply are guilty of an offence - penalty $220.
Continual offenders may be prosecuted. Maximum penalty that could be issued is $2,200 or 20 penalty units.
What happens to Water Pricing now Water Restrictions have been removed?
Water consumption charges in Berrigan Shire vary according to the level of water restriction imposed. As restrictions become more severe, the price charged per kilolitre increases. With the removal of water restrictions the price charged per kilolitre by the Council will be reduced by approximately 10%.
The present charges are:
Treated Water $0.90 per kL
Unfiltered Water $0.45 per kL
Tocumwal Single Supply $0.60 per kL
A Guide to Reading your Water Meter
The basic unit of volume for water meters is the kilolitre (kl). 1 kl = 1,000 litres.
When checking your consumption on your new water meters;
The BLACK numbers indicate the amount of water used in kilolitres.
The RED numbers indicate the amount of water used in litres.
The reading on the example above is 42 kilolitres.
Figures in RED (litres) will be disregarded when calculating your usage.
IF the red numbers are turning then there is currently water passing through the meter.