Toowoomba Regional Council moves Vale View to High Level Water Restrictions

Council has moved Vale View to High Level Water Restrictions

Residents living in Vale View will this week move to high level water restrictions.

Toowoomba Regional Council Waste and Water Committee Chair Nancy Sommerfield said the decision to move Vale View from medium to high level restrictions was made due to signs of stress on the local groundwater source.

“In September last year a number of our communities moved to medium level restrictions and we have been monitoring the groundwater sources to see if further restrictions were required,” she said.

“Unfortunately we have not received much-needed rain as the drought conditions have continued to cause significant stress on water supplies and Council bores are under pressure in a number of regional communities, particularly in Vale View.

“As a result of the bore showing distress, we are moving Vale View to high level water restrictions from Thursday 6 June.

“We need the community’s help to reduce water consumption as the drought conditions continue to impact us all. The more water we can save the better.

“We ask residents to minimise water usage at all times to preserve existing supplies.

“Council will also look at other solutions to reduce the stress on our aquifers.

“In addition to this we will continue working with both the State and Federal Governments and all other interested parties, including the private sector and irrigators across the region on our long-term water security planning,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“We are one of a number of regions currently affected by this issue so it’s important we work together to come up with long-term solutions.

“In the past our residents have demonstrated their ability to use water responsibly and I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support during these testing times.”

For more information on water restrictions visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/waterrestrictions or contact Council on 131 872.

What does high level water restrictions mean for residents?

Garden Watering – Bucket

Tuesday to Sunday before 8am and after 4pm (no watering on Monday)

Garden watering – hose with trigger or twist nozzle

Saturday (odd) and Sunday (even) – between 4.30pm to 5.30pm (winter months)

Garden watering – hosing concession (over 70s or disability)

Tues-Thurs-Sat (odd) and Wed-Fri-Sun (Even) – between 4.30pm to 5.30pm (winter months)

Garden watering – efficient sprinkler or irrigation system

Not permitted

Lawn watering

Not Permitted

Newly established gardens and lawns

1 hour daily (4-7am or 4-7pm) for 14 days after establishment (with hand-held hose)

Swimming pools – filling

Not Permitted

Swimming pools – topping up

Tues-Thurs-Sat (odd) and Wed-Fri-Sun (even) and only if water saving devices are fitted – between 4pm and 7pm

Vehicle washing – bucket

Permitted

Vehicle washing – hose or high pressure spray

Saturday (Odd) and Sunday (Even) – between 4.30pm to 5.30pm (winter months)

Building washing and outdoor entertainment areas – hose or high pressure spray

Saturday (Odd) and Sunday (Even) – between 4.30pm to 5.30pm (winter months)

Washing paved surfaces

Not permitted. However, reasonable actions may be undertaken to address significant soiling of paved surfaces or to prevent material risks associated with an accident or hazard to health, safety or the environment at any time to the extent necessary to address the soiling or the risk to health, safety or the environment.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 05 June 2019 11:09
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