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High water restrictions apply from Friday 28 August 2020

On this page you will find information relating to community services and community groups, such as schools, family daycare & childcare centres, health and community centres, churches, aged care facilities and disability services.

NOTE:

Indoor water use for hand washing, toilet flushing and general hygiene maintenance is exempt from water restrictions. 

End of year cleaning of facilities and resource areas using high pressure/low volume hose systems is exempt from water restrictions.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Council:  

email:  

hotline: (02) 6333 1683.

 



Water Restrictions Lawns

High water restrictions for home gardens apply from Friday, 28 August 2020 

Watering lawns IS permitted: before 10am or after 4pm;

  • On ODDS and EVENS * system
  • Before 10.00am or after 4.00pm
  • For a maximum of 60mins total including gardens and lawns on permitted days 
  • Using hoses with trigger nozzles,irrigation systems, microsprays, buckets and watering cans
  • A Council permit is required for new turf if restrictions cannot be adhered to (see Resources and Forms)

ODDS and EVENS system

Odd numbered properties are permitted to water on odd numbered calendar dates, even numbered properties are permitted to water on even numbered dates.

Properties with a range of street numbers should be treated as odd or even as per the first number in the range (e.g 15 - 18 Main Street be an odd property.

If a property has no street number it should be treated as an even property

The 31st of the month is a watering-free day - no properties are permitted to water.

For information how to best care for your lawn, see our Lawn Care Fact Sheet in the Resources and Forms section. 

Water Restrictions Gardens

High water restrictions for home gardens apply from Friday, 28 August 2020

Watering home gardens IS permitted: before 10am or after 4pm;

  • On ODDS and EVENS * system
  • Before 10.00am or after 4.00pm
  • For a maximum of 60mins total including gardens and lawns on permitted days 
  • Using hoses with trigger nozzles, irrigation systems, microsprays, buckets and watering cans

ODDS and EVENS system

Odd numbered properties are permitted to water on odd numbered calendar dates, even numbered properties are permitted to water on even numbered dates.

Properties with a range of street numbers should be treated as odd or even as per the first number in the range (e.g 15 - 18 Main Street be an odd property.

If a property has no street number it should be treated as an even property

The 31st of the month is a watering-free day - no properties are permitted to water

 

Water Restrictions Car Washing

High water restrictions apply from Friday, 28 August 2020 

Vehicle washing IS permitted:

  • At home on lawn, using a bucket and trigger nozzle on a hose before 10.00am or after 4.00pm
  • At registered car washes at any time

Water Restrictions Pools

High water restrictions apply from Friday, 28 August 2020 

  • Topping up of pools IS permitted before 10.00am or after 4.00pm for a maximum filling time of 15 minutes per day
  • A pool cover MUST be used in accordance with manufacturer's or supplier's instructions
  • Council permission is required before first fill of new pool or the first refill of a renovated or repaired pool, please email

If pool owners have an independent alternative water supply to Bathurst water supply, a permit is not required.
*Note: a tank that is connected to Bathurst water supply network is not an independent alternative water supply. 

Water Restrictions Other

High water restrictions apply from Friday, 28 August 2020

Garden features, bird baths and temporary children's pools: top up and filling IS permitted.

NB: Bird baths, frog ponds and other water containers are permitted to supply water for domestic and native animals.

Washing hard surfaces: Washing of outdoor hard surfaces such as driveways and footpaths is NOT permitted EXCEPT for health and safety purposes (washing only allowed in immediately affected area and with use of a high pressure/low volume water device).

Indoor activities: WaterWise actions required - ie. only use washing machine and/or dishwasher when full, turn taps off when brushing teeth, check for dripping taps and fix leaks.  Council does not actively enforce indoor water use restrictions, however residents are asked to be conservative with indoor water consumption.

Council reminds customers that maintaining health, safety and hygiene is a priority – conservative water use for these purposes is permitted regardless of water restriction level.

Please see Resources & Forms section for forms, plans and other documents.

Alternative Water Supplies

High water restrictions for home gardens apply from Friday, 28 August 2020

Bathurst Regional Council has implemented a range of drought management actions in accordance with its Drought Management Plan, water restrictions are part of this plan and relate solely to Bathurst water supply.

Alternative water supplies do exist, including bores, wells, independent rain water tanks (not filled/topped up from Bathurst water supply) and water sourced from supplies outside the region. 

If an alternative water supply is being utilised, appropriate signage must be in place at the front of the property to alert compliance officers.

In rare circumstances raw water may also be available - please contact Council's Water Section for further information. 

Email water restrictions  

Hotline: (02) 6333 1683

Bathurst Bulk Filtered Drinking Water Filling Stations

Council provides a bulk filtered water supply via filling stations at Hereford Street. These filling stations provide filtered water from Bathurst’s town water supply, and therefore ARE NOT an alternative water source to the Bathurst water supply. Water from these filling stations must be used in accordance with current water restrictions. Anyone wishing to access bulk filtered water from these filling stations must obtain a Permit to Access Bulk Water - see Resources and Forms section.

 

 

Exemptions

HIgh water restrictions apply from Friday, 28 August 2020

Businesses and community services/organisations unable to comply with High water restrictions can apply for an exemption and may continue to operate as per normal (using water conservatively) while waiting for their exemption application to be processed.

All successful requests will receive correspondence stating that an exemption has been granted and detailing any conditions which may apply. Unsuccessful requests will also receive correspondence.

*Note: Any resident seeking an exemption must adhere to High water restrictions while their exemption application is being processed. 
Exemption forms for businesses and community services in High water restrictions can be found on the Supports & Resources page in this section.

Compliance

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. 

Resources and Forms

HIgh Level Water Restrictions Resources

Overview of High Water restrictions (Document) 

Lawn High Water restrictions (Document)

Videos

For links to a series of resources available to assist gardeners with Water Smart Gardening please see below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_J2EFvPaXA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGG-qgUX0uw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItkQsd4PqoM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItkQsd4PqoM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM-k92p8yV8

Exemption and Permit Forms

Residential Exemption Form - High Water Restrictions (Form)

Business (and community service) Exemption Form - High Water Restrictions (Form)

Permit to access bulk water - High Water Restrictions (Form)

Factsheets

Greywater Use Factsheet (Document)

Lawn Care Factsheet (Document)

Home Garden Factsheet (Document)

Home Garden Plants Factsheet (Document)

Business Checklist and Plans

Business - Water Saving Checklist - HIgh Water Restrictions(Form)

Business - Water Efficiency Plan - High Water Restrictions (Form)

Council's Drought Management Plan 2014 (Document)

Council's Report on Recreation Parks & Gardens Water Restrictions Actions (Document)

List of Council's Recreation Parks & Gardens and Water Restriction Actions (Document)

Web links to support resources

Business Information Session Presentation

Smart Water Advice in the Home

Smart Water Advice in the Garden

Department of Primary Industries - Drought Hub webpages

Water NSW - Drought Information

 

Current Dam Level

Chifley Dam is the main source of water supply for the Bathurst community.

On our Chifley Dam Details page we update dam level information each Tuesday including current dam level, blue-green algae alerts, inflow and consumption readings and more.

 

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