Water Restrictions

 

There are no water restrictions currently in place in the Lower Hunter. Water Wise Rules came into effect on 1 July 2014 to help conserve water every day.

The Lower Hunter Water Plan outlines the four stages of water restrictions we would experience if water storage levels in our dams dropped. 

 Water Restriction 2014

The four stages for households and businesses are:

 

 Households

 Businesses

Stage 1 Restrictions

60% of total storage

No sprinklers at any time.
Watering using a handheld hose with a trigger nozzle or a drip irrigation system is permitted between 4pm and am, but only on three days a week.
No sprinklers except for limited irrigation for open space and sports ovals.
All customers using over 50 million litres a year to develop and implement a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP).

Stage 2 Restrictions

50% of total storage               

Watering with a handheld hose with a trigger nozzle or a drip irrigation system is reduced to two days a week.
Vehicles can only be washed and rinsed using a bucket.
Limited irrigation of open space and sports ovals will only be permitted if the irrigation system meets minimum water efficiency standards.
All customers using over 10 million litres of water a year to develop and implement a WEMP.

Stage 3 Restrictions

40% of total storage

Total ban on outdoor use of drinking water. Total ban on outdoor use of drinking water.

Stage 4 Restrictions

30% of total storage

Total ban on outdoor use of drinking water. Indoor water savings encouraged (voluntary). Total ban on outdoor use of drinking water.
Commercial kitchens to use air-cooled woks (no water-cooled woks).