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Residents

It’s important for the Orange community to use water responsibly. To help manage water use for the community, Orange City Council has Water Restrictions in place.

LEVEL 5 RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE FROM OCTOBER 6

Restrictions Explained

LEVEL 3

50% of total storage capacity

LAWNS

  • No sprinklers.
  • Only micro-sprays, drip systems, soaker hoses and hand-held hoses.
  • Limited daily hours, using odds & evens system.

RESIDENTIAL GARDENS

  • No sprinklers.
  • Only micro-sprays, drip systems, soaker hoses and hand-held hoses.
  • Limited daily hours, using odds & evens system for a maximum of three hours, every other day, morning and night:
    6am – 9am
    6pm – 9pm

WATER FEATURES

  • Water features can be topped up.

NEW TURF

  • Watering permitted for one week, then same restrictions as for other lawn watering.

SWIMMING POOLS

  • Pool covers must be used. Topping up only between 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm any day.

POP-UP CHILDREN’S POOLS

  • May be used.

WASHING CARS AT HOME

  • Washing cars with bucket only on lawn from 9am to 12 noon any day.

BATHS AND SHOWERS

  • No restriction.

WASHING MACHINES

  • Suggested full loads only.

EVAPORATIVE COOLERS

  • Yes.

LEVEL 4

40% of total storage capacity

LAWNS

  • No watering.

RESIDENTIAL GARDENS

  • No sprinklers.
  • Only micro-sprays, drip systems, soaker hoses.  Limited daily hours, two days a week only (Wednesdays & Sundays 4pm-6pm).
  • One hand-held hose with a trigger-nozzle for up to half an hour on those two days.

WATER FEATURES

  • Water features can be topped up.

NEW TURF

  • No.

SWIMMING POOLS

  • Pool covers must be used. Topping up only between 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm any day.

POP-UP CHILDREN’S POOLS

  • May be used.

WASHING CARS AT HOME

  • Washing cars with bucket only on lawn from 9am to 12 noon any day.

BATHS AND SHOWERS

  • Suggested limit of 5 minute shower. One bath per day.

WASHING MACHINES

  • Full loads only.

EVAPORATIVE COOLERS

  • Only to be used 7am to midnight daily.

LEVEL 5 - CURRENT

30% of total storage capacity

LAWNS

  • No watering.

RESIDENTIAL GARDENS

  • No sprinklers, micro-sprays or soaker hoses.
  • Buckets, watering cans and drip systems permitted during one-hour weekly watering period. One-hour watering period can only happen on Sundays. (Daylight saving time : 6am to 8 am Sunday mornings or 6pm to 8pm Sunday evenings)
  • One hand-held hose with a trigger-nozzle for up to half an hour during that period.

WATER FEATURES

  • No.

HARD SURFACES

  • No washing of hard surfaces.

NEW TURF

  • No.

SWIMMING POOLS

  • No topping up.

POP-UP CHILDREN’S POOLS

  • No.

WASHING CARS AT HOME

  • No.

BATHS AND SHOWERS

  • Suggested limit of 3 minute shower. One shallow bath per day.

WASHING MACHINES

  • Full loads only.

EVAPORATIVE COOLERS

  • Only to be used 7am to midnight daily.

Please note that restrictions also apply to those with access to a purple tap.

KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LEVEL 3 AND LEVEL 4

  • No watering lawns. Gardens only to be watered.
  • Using micro-sprays and soakers, moving from odds and evens watering days (2 hours morning and 2 hours evening, every other day) to 2 hours a day (evening only) on two days a week (Wed and Sun)
  • During those two periods, hand-held hoses with a trigger-nozzle limited to half an hour
  • Suggested time-limits on showers
  • No new turf installed

KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LEVEL 4 AND LEVEL 5

  • No sprinklers, micro-sprays, or soaker hoses.
  • Buckets, watering cans, drip system or a hand-held hose with a trigger nozzle for 30 minutes during limited hours. One hour a day on one day a week (Sunday only).
  • No topping up swimming pools
  • No washing cars at home

Water Usage

HOW MUCH WATER ARE WE USING?

This table shows the average daily water consumption of residential households (expressed in litres per person per day) in the Orange City Council area. The target water usage under Level 5 restrictions is 160 litres per person per day.

DAILY RESIDENTIAL WATER CONSUMPTION (LITRES PER PERSON PER DAY)

DateConsumption
16 January 2020133
9 January 2020141
2 January 2020150
26 December 2019148
19 December 2019150
12 December 2019146
5 December 2019137
28 November 2019141
21 November 2019143

Business Owners

WATER RESTRICTIONS AND WATER SAVINGS ACTION PLAN FOR BUSINESSES

Orange City Council seeks the cooperation of business operators with efforts to reduce our overall consumption of water. As a business you can use the Water Savings Action Plan Flow Chart to see if you can comply with the water restrictions, and/or what next steps to take if you can’t comply. To work your way through the flow chart, you will need to know:

  • if you use water from the Orange town water system
  • if you can comply with the water restrictions
  • if you operate a type of business which is on the list of ‘designated industries’.

Depending on these findings, you may need to:

  • Apply for an exemption from the restriction by completing an ‘Exemptions’ form, or
  • Look for ways to save water by completing a Water Savings Action Plan

Water Saving Action Plan   Water Saving Action Plan Flow Chart   Apply for an exemption

Orange City Council recognises that some types of business will generally use more water than others. A list of these designated business has been compiled so we can work with this businesses to try to reduce their water use.

Designated business include : car washes, construction (concreting, bricklaying, painting, other building trades, subdivision development, road construction) commercial nurseries, motels, schools, health care, aged care, caravan parks, hotels and registered clubs, child care, food/pet food production, pet care, business with cooling towers, etc)

Am I Eligible For An Exemption?

We acknowledge that in some circumstances, some residents or businesses can ask to be exempt from the current water restrictions. Those seeking to apply for an exemption from current water restrictions will need to complete this form. You will be notified of the result once request has been considered.

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