Dubbo water restrictions: council considering introducing level three on October 1

Handheld hoses will not be permitted.
Handheld hoses will not be permitted.

Dubbo Regional Council will introduce level three water restrictions in October if the move is supported by councillors on Monday night.

Council's water strategy is on the agenda for the June 2019 Council Meeting.

As part of the plan, it is proposed to introduce a higher level of restrictions from October 1.

Under the restrictions, watering systems, non-fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses would not be permitted at any time for watering of lawns or gardens.

The use of microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses would be permitted between 6am and 9am, as well as 6pm and 9pm, every second day as per the odds and evens system during summer.

Council staff will be monitoring water usage and compliance officers will be inspecting properties with on-the-spot fines of $220 applicable per offence.

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Council has outlined the key components of the strategy, which starts with the expansion of current groundwater supplies.

The next steps are to re-use effluent water and harvest stormwater. Council will also look at re-using backwash water at the water filtration plants and interconnecting pipelines between new water sources in Dubbo and Wellington.

A community engagement strategy will also be implemented.

Councillor John Ryan is also expected to introduce a motion on Burrendong Dam water security.

It will call for council to contact Water Minister Melinda Pavey and encourage her to introduce of prioritising water allocation for cities rather than irrigators when the dam reaches 20 per cent.

Cr Ryan also wants council to "publicly acknowledge that people have overwhelming priority over any other water use allocation, and that state policy needs to reflect that a far more comprehensive buffer needs to be in place so it is unlikely that council's residents can ever again end up facing such an acute shortage of such a basic human right".