Amber level water restrictions in place on Monday

Published on 29 November 2019

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From Monday 1st December all areas of Goulburn and Marulan with reticulated water will move to amber level water restrictions, which is the second level within Council’s Water Use Policy.

The region has been on green level restrictions, which is our permanent water conservation level, with a target consumption of 270 litres per person per day.

Mayor Bob Kirk said the drought is hitting the region hard, and we all need to do our bit to conserve water as we head into what is predicted to be a hot summer.

“Residents of Goulburn Mulwaree are already very water wise, which is not surprising considering the severity of the drought we faced in the early 2000’s. We are in a fortunate position with water supply security stronger than much of NSW at the moment. 

“In comparison with most other cities and regions our residents do a great job, but Council is now asking the community to take extra steps to conserve our most important resource. Under amber level restrictions the target consumption is 230 litres per person per day.

“The Highland Source Pipeline is now being extensively utilised, which is just over 4 mega litres per day. This equates to over a third of our City’s daily water use, and will be critically important to Goulburn if the drought continues throughout 2020”

Under amber level restrictions, use of Goulburn and Marulan water supply is restricted to:

  • Hand held hose with a control nozzle or bucket can only be used between 5pm and 10am to water plants and lawns
  • Watering systems and hose sprinklers can only be used between 5pm and 10am on weekends
  • Paths, driveways and hard surfaces cannot be cleaned. In extraordinary circumstances for example following a health threatening incident, a hose can be used to assist to clean up
  • Vehicles can be washed at any time on a lawn or porous surface using a hose with a control nozzle, bucket or low volume high pressure machine
  • Private pools can only be filled when a water offset plan for that residence has been met, including the mandatory use of a pool cover when the pool is not in use. For further details see Council’s Water Use Policy

The Water Use Policy has 3 distinct levels of permanent water conservation measures based on total storage volume and HSP bulk water transfer triggers. The three levels are green, amber and red – Council’s policy has the full details of each level and is available to view on our website.