Storms deliver more than two weeks’ water

By February 14, 2019 News

The month of January was drier than usual yet Orange City Council was able to harvest about 17 days’ worth of water supply from its water harvesting systems to complement our supply.

The Macquarie to Orange Pipeline, the Ploughmans Creek Stormwater Harvesting Scheme and Blackmans Swamp Creek Stormwater Harvesting Scheme harvested about 290 megalitres of water in January, 2019.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the results continue to prove the systems’ effectiveness.

“This is a fantastic result, especially considering how dry it has been lately,” Cr Kidd said.

Stormwater flows into holding pond 1

Stormwater flows into holding pond

“Our total combined storage is still slowly decreasing but with additions like the ones we saw in January, we are maintaining that supply over a much longer time.

“We’ve had quite a good soaking recently and if that continues, we expect some natural inflows into Suma Park Dam will begin, but in January there were no flows.”

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Orange received about 25 per cent less rainfall last month than average.

The long-term rainfall mean for January in Orange is 84mm, last month Orange received 61.6mm.

“Water is on everyone’s mind at the moment and I want to congratulate the people of Orange for doing their bit to reduce their water consumption around the

house and garden,” Cr Kidd said.

“As usual the community has responded incredibly well to water restrictions but there is always room for improvement.

“Council has a handy water-saving website, Smart Water Advice, available to anyone who wants to investigate ways to reduce their water bill.

“There’s videos on how to tell if your toilet is leaking, to how to install a water efficient shower head and advice on which plants can survive on less water.”

Below is an outline of level three water restrictions.


Garden beds, trees, shrubs and lawns may be watered between 6am-9am and between 6pm–9pm every second day under the odds and evens system using

microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses only. The use of sprinklers are not permitted. Hand-held hoses may be used for one hour, per day, during the

aforementioned times.

Watering of new turf is allowed for one week after laying, then level 3 restrictions will apply.


Garden water features can be filled and topped up.


Washing vehicles at home is allowed on any day between 9 am and 12 noon. Vehicles must be washed on the lawn using only a bucket.


Topping up of swimming pools and external spas is allowed any day between 7am-9am and between 6pm-8pm provided pool covers are used.


Homeowners are encouraged to use all water conservatively, however the restrictions do not apply to rainwater and bore water.

If the water source (e.g. a household tank) is topped up from Council’s water supply system, these level 3 restrictions do apply.

Level 3 restrictions also apply to the purple pipe (Dual Water) system where connected.

This Level 3 restrictions fact sheet is an easy-to-print PDF outline of the water restrictions.

Applying for an exemption from water restrictions.

Orange City Council acknowledges that in some circumstances, some businesses or residents can ask to be exempt from the current Water Restrictions for a

specified period. Residents and businesses who want to apply for an exemption from current water restrictions need to complete this form. You will be notified of

the result once request has been considered.

Storms deliver more than two weeks’ water

Storms deliver more than two weeks’ water

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