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Water Restrictions

Water Restrictions

Current Water Restrictions

 The Water Restriction Level currently in force in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area is:

LEVEL 1

Level 1 Water Restrictions Explained

For properties connected to the Coffs Harbour town water supply, Level 1 Water Restrictions will apply when dam levels drop to 80%. 

Level 1 Water Restrictions introduce Odd and Even watering days for residential customers - this means the days you are permitted to water your gardens and lawns is tied to your street number and the calendar day. For instance, if your street address is an odd number, eg. 5 Example Street, you can water on odd number calendar days, eg. 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, etc. of the month. If you live in a unit you still use your street address, for example unit 2/5 Example Street can water on odd number calendar days. NO WATERING IS PERMITTED ON 31ST OF THE MONTH.

The main points of Level 1 Water Restrictions are:

Residential

  • No garden or lawn watering between 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • PERMITTED: Hand-held hoses every 2nd day for maximum 1 hour on relevant odd/even calendar day only between 4:00pm and 9:00am
  • BANNED: All Sprinklers, fixed/unattended hoses, irrigation systems except for micro-sprays and drippers/sub-surface irrigation which are permitted for maximum 15 minutes on relevant odd/even calendar day only between 4:00pm and 9:00am
  • Car washing is allowed providing, where practical, the runoff is onto a lawn and not down the drain
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg driveway, is banned except for health and safety reasons 
  • Building maintenance (windows and roofs) allowed with trigger nozzle hoses or pressure cleaners only

Non-Residential

  • PERMITTED: Sprinklers, fixed/unattended and hand held hoses for maximum 1 hour/day between 7:00am - 8:00am for garden and lawn watering
  • BANNED: Sprinklers, fixed/unattended and hand held hoses at all other times.
  • Market gardens, orchards, nurseries and commercial flower gardens permitted to use sprinklers, fixed/unattended and hand-held hoses for maximum 2 hours/day only (apply to Council for approved times)
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg. footpath, is banned except where food is prepared and/or consumed or for health and safety reasons
  • Building industry - sprinklers allowed on new turf for maximum 1 hour/day (apply to Council for approved times)
Full details of Level 1 Water Restrictions for residential and non-residential properties are available here.

Breaches of Water Restrictions are an offence under the Local Government Act 1993. On the spot fines of $220.00 apply. Report breaches to Council on 02 6648 4000.

Next Level of Water Restrictions

During times of drought when water levels in the Orara and Nymboida Rivers drop below allowable extraction levels, our community relies on the water we have stored in Karangi and Shannon Creek Dams to supply our drinking water. When the water levels in these storage dams drop below certain "trigger" points, higher levels of water restrictions will be introduced in an effort to reduce the demand on our stored water supplies and ensure the Coffs Harbour community has water available for critical uses. Dam level updates are available here.


Further information about water restrictions levels:

  
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​For properties connected to the Coffs Harbour water supply system, Level 2 Water Restrictions will apply when calculated combined dam levels drop to 65%. This is considered to be a High Danger water shortage situation for our community.

Level 2 Water Restrictions still use Odd and Even watering days for residential customers – so odd numbered street addresses can water on odd number calendar days and even numbered street addresses can water on even number calendar days, eg. 5 Smith Street is an odd number address so can water on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc of the month. NO WATERING IS PERMITTED ON 31ST OF THE MONTH.

The main points of Level 2 Water Restrictions are:

Residential

  • No garden or lawn watering between 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • PERMITTED: Hand-held hoses every 2nd day for maximum 30 minutes on relevant odd/even calendar day only between 4:00pm – 9:00am
  • BANNED: All sprinklers, fixed/unattended hoses, irrigation systems except for micro-sprays and drippers/sub-surface irrigation which are permitted for maximum 15 minutes on relevant odd/even calendar day only between 4:00pm-9:00am
  • Car washing is allowed only using with pressure cleaner, bucket or commercial car wash facility. Use of hoses to wash cars is BANNED
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg, driveway, is banned except for health and safety reasons only
  • Building maintenance (windows and roofs) allowed with pressure cleaners for health and safety reasons only.
  • Filling of new pools and topping up of all pools is permitted. Emptying and filling of existing pools is BANNED.

Non-Residential

  • PERMITTED: sprinklers, fixed/unattended and hand held hoses for maximum 30 minutes/day between 7:30am-8:00am only for garden and lawn watering
  • BANNED: sprinklers, fixed, unattended and hand held hoses at all other times
  • Market gardens, orchards, nurseries and commercial flower gardens permitted to use sprinklers, fixed/unattended and hand-held hoses for maximum 1 hour/day only (apply to Council for approved times)
  • Motor vehicle washing is allowed with hand-held hoses for maximum 1 hour/day (apply to Council for approved times).
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg. footpath, is banned except where food is prepared and/or consumed or for health and safety reasons
  • Building industry – sprinklers allowed on new turf for maximum 30 minutes/day (apply to Council for approved times)

Breaches of Water Restrictions are an offence under the Local Government Act 1993. On the spot fines of $220.00 apply. Report breaches to Council on 02 6648 4000.

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​For properties connected to the Coffs Harbour water supply system, Level 3 Water Restrictions will apply when calculated combined dam levels drop to 50%. This is considered to be a Very High danger water shortage situation for our community.

Level 3 Water Restrictions still use Odd and Even watering days for residential customers – so odd numbered street addresses can water on odd number calendar days and even numbered street addresses can water on even number calendar days, eg. 4 Smith Street is an even number address so can water on the 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc of the month. NO WATERING IS PERMITTED ON 31ST OF THE MONTH.

The main points of Level 3 Water Restrictions are:

Residential

  • No garden or lawn watering between 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • PERMITTED: Hand-held hoses every 2nd day for maximum 10 minutes on relevant odd/even calendar day only between 4:00pm – 9:00am. Buckets at any time on any day.
  • BANNED: All sprinklers, fixed/unattended hoses and irrigation systems at any time
  • Car washing is allowed only with a bucket or commercial car wash facility. Use of pressure cleaners and hoses to wash cars is BANNED
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg, driveway, is banned except for health and safety reasons only
  • Building maintenance (windows and roofs) allowed with pressure cleaners for health and safety reasons only.
  • Filling of new pools limited to 2/builder/month. Topping up of pools allowed for 10 minutes (apply to Council for approval). Emptying and filling of existing pool is BANNED

Non-Residential

  • PERMITTED: sprinklers for maximum 30 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays between 7:30am – 8:00am only for garden and lawn watering
  • BANNED: Hand-held hoses, fixed/unattended hoses. Sprinklers at all other times.
  • Market gardens, orchards, nurseries and commercial flower gardens permitted to use sprinklers, fixed/unattended and hand-held hoses for maximum 1 hour/day only (apply to Council for approved times)
  • Topping up of pools and filling of spas is allowed.
  • Use of outdoor/beach showers BANNED
  • Motor vehicle washing is allowed with hand-held hoses:
  1. Buses, taxis, food transport, ambulance & garbage vehicles (apply to Council for approved times)
  2. All other vehicles allowed to use hand-held hoses for maximum 30 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays between 9:00am-9:30am only
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg, footpath is banned except where food is prepared and/or consumed or for health and safety reasons
  • Building industry – new turf can be watered with hand-held hose on day of laying only. Buckets and watering cans are allowed at any time. Sprinklers, fixed/unattended hoses and hand-held hoses at all other times are BANNED

Breaches of Water Restrictions are an offence under the Local Government Act 1993. On the spot fines of $220.00 apply. Report breaches to Council on 02 6648 4000.

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​For properties connected to the Coffs Harbour water supply system, Level 4 Water Restrictions will apply when calculated combined dam levels drop to 35%. This is considered to be a Severe water shortage situation for our community.

The main points of Level 4 Water Restrictions are:

Residential

  • PERMITTED: use of grey water only for garden and lawn watering
  • BANNED: all external use of drinking water for garden and lawn watering
  • Car washing is allowed with a bucket to clean windows, mirrors, lights, registration plates and spot-removal of corrosive substances only or use a commercial car wash facility
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg. driveway, is BANNED
  • Building maintenance (windows and roofs) all hosing and pressure cleaning is BANNED
  • Filling of new pools limited to 2/builder/month and only to 300mm below skimmer box. Topping up of all pools is BANNED. Emptying and filling of existing pool is BANNED

Non-Residential

  • PERMITTED: use of reclaimed water only for garden and lawn watering
  • BANNED: all external use of drinking water for garden and lawn watering
  • Market gardens, orchards, nurseries and commercial flower gardens permitted to use sprinklers, fixed/unattended and hand-held hoses for maximum 1 hour/day only (apply to Council for approved times)
  • Topping up of pools is allowed. Filling of pools and spas is BANNED
  • Use of outdoor/beach showers is BANNED
  • Motor vehicle washing is allowed with hand-held hoses:
  1. Buses, taxis, food transport, ambulance & garbage vehicles permitted to use hand-held hoses for maximum 30 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays only (apply to Council for approved times)

    B) Washing all other motor vehicles with a hose is BANNED except where required by law
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg. footpath, is BANNED except where required by law
  • Building industry - new turf watering BANNED

Breaches of Water Restrictions are an offence under the Local Government Act 1993. On the spot fines of $220.00 apply. Report breaches to Council on 02 6648 4000.

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​For properties connected to the Coffs Harbour water supply system, Emergency Water Conservation Measures will apply when calculated combined dam levels drop to 20%. This is considered to be an Emergency water shortage situation for our community.

The main points of Emergency Water Conservation Measures are:

Residential

  • PERMITTED: use of grey water only for garden and lawn watering
  • BANNED: all external use of drinking water for garden and lawn watering
  • Car washing is allowed with a bucket to clean windows, mirrors, lights, registration plates and spot-removal of corrosive substances only or use a commercial car wash facility
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg. driveway, is BANNED
  • Building maintenance (windows and roofs) all hosing and pressure cleaning is BANNED
  • Filling of new pools, emptying and filling of existing pools and topping up of all pools is BANNED

Non-Residential

  • PERMITTED: use of reclaimed water only for garden and lawn watering
  • BANNED: all external use of drinking water for garden and lawn watering
  • Market gardens, orchards, nurseries and commercial flower gardens permitted to use sprinklers, fixed/unattended and hand-held hoses for maximum 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only (apply to Council for approved times)
  • Filling and topping up of all swimming pools and spas is BANNED
  • Use of outdoor/beach showers is BANNED
  • Motor vehicle washing is allowed with hand-held hoses:
  1. Buses, taxis, food transport, ambulance & garbage vehicles permitted to use hand-held hoses for maximum 15 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays only (apply to Council for approved times)

    B)   Washing all other motor vehicles with a hose is BANNED except where required by law
  • Pressure cleaning, carpet cleaning, car detailing & underboring businesses apply to Council for approval
  • Hosing or pressure cleaning any hardstand area, eg. footpath, is BANNED except where required by law
  • Builders apply to Council for approval of water usage activities. New turf watering BANNED

Breaches of Water Restrictions are an offence under the Local Government Act 1993. On the spot fines of $220.00 apply. Report breaches to Council on 02 6648 4000.

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​​For properties connected to the Coffs Harbour water supply system, Permanent Water Conservation Measures apply when calculated combined dam levels can be maintained above 80%. In this situation our community has good water supplies but we are aware of the value of our water and practice common sense water saving habits.

The major points of Permanent Water Conservation Measures for all residential and non-residential properties in Coffs Harbour LGA are as follows:

  • Sprinklers and fixed/unattended hoses are banned between 9.00am and 4.00pm

  • Garden/lawn watering with a hand held hose is permitted at anytime

  • Building maintenance, including window cleaning, allowed with trigger nozzle hoses or pressure cleaners only

  • Hosing any hardstand area, eg driveway, is banned except for health and safety reasons or with pressure cleaners

  • Car washing is allowed providing, where practical, the runoff is onto a lawn and not down the drain

For full details of Permanent Water Conservation Measures for residential and non-residential properties, see the flyer

Permanent Water Conservation Measures.pdf

Permanent Water Conservation Measures have been in place in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area since 19 June, 2004. Business or industry adversely affected by Permanent Water Conservation Measures can contact Council on 02 6648 4000.


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