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Level 1 water restrictions for the Clarence Valley

Level one water restrictions will start in the Clarence Valley on Monday 16 December.  The ‘trigger’ for introducing level one restrictions is when the Nymboida River flow drops below 225 mega litres (ML) a day and Shannon Creek falls to 80 per cent capacity. The river has been below 225ML per day for several months. 

Clarence Valley Council general manager Ashley Lindsey said, “With no significant rainfall forecast, the current projection is that Shannon Creek dam will reach the 80 per cent capacity trigger level sometime between 26 and 31 December 2019.

“Due to the Christmas period, we wanted to give sufficient time to publicise water restrictions commencing, as such level one water restrictions will be commencing on Monday 16 December.”

Water from Shannon Creek dam is also used by residents in neighbouring Coffs Harbour.

Clarence Valley Council has coordinated the introduction of level one water restrictions with Coffs Harbour City Council and as a result restrictions will come into effect at the same time across both local government areas.

“Whilst there are no restrictions on commercial or industrial use of water, we are asking all businesses to think carefully about all non essential water usage,” Mr Lindsay said.

It’s in everyone’s best interest to think about water consumption and make every drop count.”

Level one water restrictions:

  • No outside garden watering between 9am and 4pm;
  • No sprinklers or unattended hoses;
  • Water efficient drip or spray systems – 15 minutes every 2 days*;
  • Hand held hoses – 1 hour every 2 days*;
  • No restriction on commercial/industrial use.

*If your house address is an even number you can water on even numbered days. If your house address is an odd number you can water on odd numbered days.
Note: Level 1 restrictions are on top of CVC’s permanent water conservation measures above.
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