Mayor Paul McVeigh at the desalination plant in Dalby.
Mayor Paul McVeigh at the desalination plant in Dalby.

Reminder for residents to stay water wise

RATEPAYERS breaking water restrictions are in the sights of council patrols.

Council has put in place revised restrictions throughout the region and has increased patrols to ensure all residents are adhering to ‘conservation’ water restrictions.

Western Downs mayor Paul McVeigh said residents need to curb their water use to help conserve the depleted supply.

“We do have the capacity of up to six megalitres a day to supply to our community,” Cr McVeigh said.

“But the challenge is with our service water, our weir, drying out.”

The weir is needed as a buffer water source for Dalby in case of an emergency.

“We actually are encouraging our community to reduce (their water usage) by 25 per cent, which is down around that four and a half megs we’d like to get to.

“We’re not achieving that, we’re actually still going well above that five (megalitre) level and getting close to six on days.”

Cr McVeigh said he understood on weekends people use more water because they have time off work.

“They’re gardening and they have more time to hang onto that hose, and we understand that,” he said.

“That’s one of the reasons we have a no water use on Monday, that’s the catch-up day for that.

“But we do need our community, because we do need a buffer, to … manage their water well.”

The capability to use and desalinate bore water has put the Dalby community in an advantageous position, but Cr McVeigh said Dalby needs to ensure they are managing water supply responsibly for the benefit of the future.

“Conserving water is everyone’s responsibility, and council is also doing its part by reducing outdoor watering operations and using alternative sources such as recycled wastewater where possible,” he said.

“The alternative sources are being used for new plantings and vegetation, ensuring we maintain our open spaces to a suitable standard for the benefit of the communities.

“I also encourage residents to report and sign of water leaks in our public areas and facilities by contacting council on 1300 268 824 so the matter can be investigated.”

Condamine will be joining Kaimkillenbun on the emergency water restrictions list as of Sunday, December 1. This means residents should only be using 180L of water per person, per day and only buckets may be used on watering days.

Dalby, Bell, Jandowae, Tara, Chinchilla, Flinton and Glenmorgan are on the conservation water restrictions list. This means residents should be using no more than 300 litres of water per person each day and that outdoor watering is restricted to between 6-9am, and 4-7pm on a household’s designated watering day.


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