High water restrictions apply from Friday, 28 August 2020
- Water restrictions have been enforced since Monday 14th October 2019 and a range of penalties (as outlined below) can apply for non-compliance.
During times of water restrictions, at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 Council may adopt various enforcement options (as contained within the Bathurst Regional Council Enforcement policy) including but not limited to the following;
(1) Verbal Warning
A verbal warning may be issued by an authorized Council officer to a person for a minor breach incident arising from genuine ignorance of the water restrictions. The authorized officer will provide information to the resident and later record the incident as a verbal warning for the premises.
(2) Warning Letter
In cases where a minor but deliberate breach of restrictions has occurred Council may issue a formal warning letter to the resident responsible. A second warning letter may be issued subject to circumstances.
(3) Penalty Notice
Where a warning has been previously given or in cases of more significant and deliberate breaches of water restrictions, a penalty notice may be issued. The maximum penalty is $2,200.00.
(4) Court Attendance Notice
In serious breaches of water restrictions or in the case of repeated deliberate offending, Council may initiate legal action against the person responsible through issuing a Court Attendance Notice.
(5) Install an electronic meter on a property
Installing an electronic water meter on a property allows for more accurate monitoring of water use. The data gathered may be used as evidence to support further enforcement action.
(6) Install a flow restriction device on a property
A flow restriction device may be installed on the premises of minor recidivist offenders or where previous enforcement action has failed to achieve compliance with water restrictions.
(7) Disconnect Councils water supply to a property
In the most serious cases of breach of water restrictions or where other enforcement action has failed to achieve compliance with water restrictions, the General Manager may approve the disconnection of supply of water from Council.
Additionally, all fees for the installation and later removal of any meter and/or flow restrictions devices as well as the disconnection and reconnection of a water supply service, shall be met by the owner of the property.