Water restrictions have been in place since 1996. Whitsunday Regional Council is authorised by law to impose water restrictions within the local government area of Whitsunday. This power comes from the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 (the Act), which states that a water service provider may impose a water restriction where a reasonable and comprehensive strategy is in place for demand management for water and the restriction is essential to ensure the aims of the strategy are met. The section of the Act which covers this section is 41 Part (2)(c). Section 41 Part (1) also provides the ways in which water restrictions have been imposed.
In response to our water situation, Whitsunday Regional Council has implemented a Water Conservation Program. This program ensure the responsible management of the Whitsundays water supply through a number of strategies, including the introduction of water restrictions.
What are the current water restrictions in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket, Shute Harbour, Proserpine and surrounds?
With the prospect of continuing dry weather, residents in these areas are reminded that Level Two restrictions are in place effective from 16 December 2013. The Level Two restrictions will be in place until further notice. To protect our water supply and reduce any unnecessary increases in your bill, Council encourages all residents and businesses to practice water efficient behaviours.
What are the current water restrictions in Bowen and Collinsville? There are currently no water restrictions in Bowen and Collinsville.
How and when can I use water?
Under Level Two, water users in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket, Shute Harbour, Proserpine and surrounds will be restricted to the following policy:
Private gardens must not be watered except by means of:
- sprinklers that operate only between 6:00am and 8:00am and between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on alternate days;
- hand held triggers hose only between 5:00am and9:00am and between 5:00pm and 9:00pm;
- micro-spray or drip system that operates only between 6:00pm and 8:00am;
- watering can or bucket at any time;
- Washing down concrete is also restricted.