Orange City Council adopted permanent water saving standards, regardless of the city’s water storage level, at its meeting last night.
The permanent water saving standards would come into effect when the combined water storage level of Suma Park Dam and Spring Creek Dam reached 80 per cent.
The current storage level is 62 per cent, which places the city in level two water restrictions.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said there was very little practical difference between level two water restrictions and permanent water saving standards but the new policy would ensure the city remained vigilant about water conservation.
“Since August 2010 Orange residents have lived with water restrictions despite Suma Park Dam overflowing twice in that time,” Cr Kidd said.
“We are water conscious and are exceptional role models to the rest of the state when it comes to making every drop count.
“Adopting a set of permanent water saving standards makes what we’ve been used to the last 10 years, official.
“These standards still enable everyone to go about their day to day living and keeping their gardens lush and healthy.”
Under the new standards, there is no Level one water restrictions. Instead, once the water level reaches 80 per cent Orange will enter permanent water saving standards.
Permanent water saving standards operate using the same criteria as the current level two water restrictions. With the only exception being there is no time restrictions on car washing under permanent water saving standards.
Orange City Council’s Infrastructure Committee Chair Jeff Whitton said the focus of the permanent water savings standards would be education and awareness.
“Ultimately we want people to continue to be water conscious all of the time,” Cr Whitton said.
“We’re not interested in fining people we’re interested in educating people on how best to use this precious resource.
“We’ll be focusing on advertising campaigns and face-to-face visits with people who may need encouragement to comply with the standards.”
If Suma Park Dam reaches 80 per cent, permanent water savings measures will come into effect, and if the level drops to 70 per cent, level two restrictions will be in place again.
For information on water savings, head to Orange City Council’s website.
Permanent water saving standards:
LAWNS AND RESIDENTIAL GARDENS
- Watering systems, non fixed sprinklers, hand held hoses, microsprays, drip systems, soaker hoses permitted only
- Between 6.00am – 9.00am, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
- Under the Odds and Evens system, if the street number of your property is odd(eg: 173 Smith Street), you can water on odd dates of the month, alternatively, if the street number of your property is even (eg: 22 Stuart Street), you can water on even dates
IRRIGATION OF NEW TURF
- Permitted for one week after laying after which permanent water savings standards on watering lawns applies
- Filling garden water features and topping up – permitted
FIRST FILL AND TOPPING UP OF SWIMMING POOLS/SPAS
- Only between hours of 7.00am – 9.00am and 6.00pm – 8.00pm every day
WASHING DOWN WALLS OR PAVED SURFACES
- An annual opportunity when permitted by Council
WASHING CARS AT HOME
- Can wash with bucket and can rinse with a trigger hose