The Hunter's First Water Restrictions

Though a plentiful supply of water was available at the region's water sources, residential growth caused distribution problems.  By the early 1950s, the bulk of low lying parts of Newcastle and suburbs was occupied by dwellings.

Steady additions to the region's population, as well as the growing popularity of garden taps for hosing and hot water systems for domestic use aggravated distribution troubles. In parts of Lake Macquarie, where population growth was pronounced, pipelines were too small to meet demands. 

As a consequence, there was no alternative to restrictions on the use of water in the summers of 1951-2, 1952-3 and      1953-4.

Image: View of Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW, Australia [c.1950's]. Image courtesy of the Newcastle and Hunter District Historical Society archives and the University of Newcastle (Cultural Collections).