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Reminder of Level 2 Water Restrictions Across Cassowary Coast

The Cassowary Coast Regional Council reminds consumers that Level 2 water restrictions are in force on all business and domestic customers. This is due to high water consumption, rapidly falling creek levels and a lower than average rainfall across the region.


Under Level 2 restrictions the watering of gardens will not be permitted on Mondays. This will include manual and automated sprinklers, micro-spray or drip water systems and any hand-held sprinkler hoses.


Odd-numbered houses are permitted to use sprinklers on Tuesday and Saturdays between 6:00am and 7:00am and 6:00pm and 7:00pm only. Even-numbered houses may use sprinklers on Wednesdays and Sundays between 6:00am and 7:00am and 6:00pm and 7:00pm only.


Hand-held hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle can be used on any day except Mondays. Watering cans and buckets can be used at any time.


Other household and business activities will be affected by these restrictions. Please refer to Council's website for further details.


Residents will be informed when the water restrictions are lifted or increased. Penalties exist for sprinkling outside of nominated days and times or other infringements of the restrictions.


“Water consumption across all systems has been very high over the past week and in fact the highest we have experienced over the past 12 months. This is normal as our peak water demand is usually at this time of year,” said Geoffrey Smart, Manager Water.


“Coinciding with high water consumption, all water levels in our creek intakes and the Johnstone River are quite low. Water levels are the lowest they have been for at least 12 months. At Meunga Creek in Cardwell, water levels are approaching the low levels recorded in December 2015,” he added.


“Consumers need to be mindful of their water consumption and pay particular attention to the restrictions on sprinkling. Council will be closely monitoring the consumption trends and water levels of our creeks. Tighter water restrictions may need to be imposed unless there is significant rainfall in the coming weeks.”