Water restrictions placed on Burnett towns
LEVEL 1 water restrictions will be placed on two townships following a successful motion at North Burnett Regional Council's meeting in Biggenden on August 28.
Restrictions will be in place in Biggenden and Mount Perry from Monday, September 2.
According to the report presented to the council, the decision has been taking due to recent dry weather conditions resulting in "reduced bore water levels in the Mount Perry and Biggenden water schemes."
"The current water levels in the town bores have reached the trigger levels... to implement Level 1 water restrictions," the report said.
According to the council's Drought Management of Urban Water policy, the trigger point for Biggenden is when the "Standing water level in Bore No. 2 (is) down 11m" and for Mount Perry when the "Standing water level in Drummers Bore (is) 6.0m".
The target water consumption for Biggenden under Level 1 restrictions is less than 300kL per day and for Mount Perry less than 110kL per day.
These trigger points and target water consumption levels are "based on historical consumption figures and source water performance," according to the policy.
Under the restrictions, using sprinklers for private gardens or sports grounds in Biggenden and Mount Perry will only be permitted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 4-7pm, as will the topping up of swimming pools, spas, farm dams and tanks.
Hand-held hose and bucket watering of private gardens is still permitted at all times.
Water must not be used to clean paved areas, unless required as the result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.
Private vehicles may only be cleaned via watering cans or buckets filled directly from taps or trigger hoses, using the water to rinse the vehicle after washing.
Individuals or businesses can apply for exemptions via the 'Exemption Request Form' and view the full list of restrictions here.
According to the council's policy, a philosophy of "working with the community" during water restrictions is adopted.
"The community is encouraged to report misuse and breaches of any water restrictions," the policy says.
"These reports are followed up immediately with the site visited by an authorised Council officer and where appropriate, the offender reminded of the restrictions and the need to conserve water.
"Repeat offenders or those showing blatant disregard of the restrictions will be reported to the General Manager Engineering and Environmental Services, to determine the necessary action.
"This may result in the restriction of supply."
Auxiliary firefighter, president of the Chamber of Commerce and owner of the Biggenden Motel Jim Cunliffe said he didn't believe the restrictions would impact too heavily on the town.
"There's no industry here that uses a lot of water," he said.
"The abattoir (Biggenden Meatworks) has its own supply and there's nothing that sucks a huge amount apart from maybe the hospital."
It terms of private gardens, Mr Cunliffe said many green thumbs use tank water.
He said the motel's verdant garden is fed by tank water and a hydroponic system.
"The firies might have to curtail spurting water all over the place in training, we might have to save it for the real thing," he said.