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Permanent Water Conservation Measures

Permanent Water Conservation Measures

Water conservation measures apply for both BCC & Moreton Bay Regional Shire residents.

Queensland Water Commission: Permanent Water Conservation Measures
No watering between 10am and 4pm
No watering on Mondays
Please use only what you need - Target 200  (OR LESS!)
Information line: 1300 789 906
Business restrictions apply to all businesses
Efficient sprinklers and hoses can be used to water gardens and lawns as long as it’s in accordance with guidelines
Use only a hose with a trigger or twist nozzle
Irrigation systems (drippers, micro-sprayers, pop-up sprinklers, drip lines) with sprinklers that deliver less than 9 litres per minute and have a timer (electric timer with either rain or moisture sensor)
Buckets and cans anytime
Stop water from falling on buildings and hard surfaces
Don't water in windy conditions
Mulch garden to reduce evaporation
Calculate your garden's water needs
Ensure soil is dry enough to warrant watering - don't water after rain
Don't allow water to pool or run off
Vehicles and outdoor areas can be washed at any time – as long as water is used efficiently
Rainwater can be used at any time
Please use only what you need
New pools can be filled with town water and existing pools can be filled as long as efficient fittings are in place

Water restrictions are set by the Queensland Water Commission (QWC). The QWC is legally required to monitor and enforce the restrictions. The QWC's Permanent Water Conservation Measures came into force on 1 December 2009, and include a water usage target of 200 litres per person per day.

On the QWC website, you’ll find detailed information about the water conservation measures for both residents and businesses. We recommend you familiarise yourself with those that are relevant to you, because excessive water use could mean you are banned from using water for outside watering.

A summary of the water restrictions has been provided in the table below. For more information, contact us or contact the Queensland Water Commission.

Summary of water restrictions

Residential water users

Gardens and Lawns

Watering using a hose with a twist or trigger nozzle or a water-efficient irrigation system can occur any day except Monday, between 4pm and 10am.

All irrigation equipment must comply with the QWC efficient irrigation for water conservation guideline (please note, most existing irrigation systems will not meet the requirements of the guideline).

Watering with a bucket or watering can is permitted at anytime.

New gardens and lawns can be watered-in on the day of establishment. Future watering must then comply with the times above.

Existing pools and spas

Town water can only be used for topping-up where a rainwater tank or downpipe rainwater diverter is fitted, and after all water from such devices is used and the premises complies with three (3) of the following (or is a SPASA EcoPool):

  • A swimming pool cover;
  • Water-efficient taps and shower heads;
  • Water-efficient toilets; or
  • A water-efficient washing machine.

Where the above measures have been met, topping up can occur at any time.

Vehicles Cleaning at any time using a bucket of water, hand-held hose with a trigger or twist-nozzle, or a high-pressure cleaning unit.
Building washing

Cleaning at any time using a bucket of water, hand-held hose with a trigger or twist-nozzle, or a high-pressure cleaning unit.

Please note, driveways and similar hard surfaces, except outdoor entertainment areas, are not to be washed down unless for health and safety reasons or if there is significant soiling. Such cleaning applies only to the affected area, not the entire surface.

Play pools

A play pool can be used where it:

  • has a filter, OR
  • holds 500 litres of water or less.
High-water users Households using more than 1200 litres of town water per day or more than 300 litres per person per day, without a legitimate reason, may face an outdoor water ban.
Rainwater tanks Rainwater tanks must not be filled with town water from a tap, water tanker or any other device. Residents using water from a water tanker must check the water is not sourced from town supply. The only exception is where the property is not within Unitywater's town water supply area or a trickle top-up system has been installed.

Business, Industry and non-residential water users

Using more than 10 million litres per year

Must comply with their approved Water Efficiency Management Plan and achieve a 25% water saving or best practice water use.

Using more than one million litres per year

Must have water-efficient taps, trigger-sprays and shower heads (i.e. flow-rate of no more than nine litres per minute).

With urinals Urinals must be water-efficient.
With cooling towers

Must submit and comply with a Water Efficiency Management Plan.

Mobile vehicle washers

Must only use water in accordance with water efficiency guidelines.

Commercial pool and spa operators Must keep a weekly log and install a rainwater tank, a sub-meter and a clear-view screen in the backwash outlet line, together with a range of water-efficient fittings.
Operators of visitor accommodation Must display water conservation information in bathrooms and ablution blocks to encourage guests to be water efficient.
Active playing surfaces

Must only use water in accordance with the active playing surfaces guidelines. Operators must:

  • register with Unitywater;
  • install a sub-meter;
  • keep a log book;
  • only use what they have been allocated (for local turfed sports only); and
  • only water at permitted times.
Different requirements apply to each category of playing surface - check with Unitywater or the Queensland Water Commission for details.
Nurseries

Must comply with their approved Water Efficiency Management Plan and achieve a 25% water saving or best practice water use.

Public swimming pool operators

Must comply with their approved Water Efficiency Management Plan and achieve a 25% water saving or best practice water use.

Irrigating more than 500 square metres of garden and/or lawn

Must comply with an approved Irrigation Water Efficiency Management Plan and achieve a 25% water saving or best practice water use.


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