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25 March, 2021

‘Great relief’ as water restrictions ease

Water restrictions have been eased for some residents of the Central Highlands

WATER restrictions have been eased for residents of Emerald, Blackwater and Bluff after the large inflow of water into Fairbairn Dam recently.

Restrictions are now at Level 0, which doubles the available time in which lawns and gardens can be watered with a sprinkler.

Watering with a sprinkler can now occur between 5am and 7am and 7pm to 11pm on allocated water days.

Odd numbered houses may use sprinklers within these periods on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, while even-numbered house on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Restrictions do not apply to alternative water sources, such as rainwater, grey water and private bores.

Restrictions are not applicable to properties with their own water allocations or water licenses.

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said the recent rainwater had “been a real gamechanger.”

“For those communities that have been up to level three water restrictions for the last 14 months this is a great relief,” he said.

“[To] know that our parks and our communities and our sports grounds have actually got sufficient allocation now… lifts everyone’s spirits, so that’s obviously a great feeling for us.”

Cr Hayes said residents should remain mindful of water usage despite eased restrictions.

“People have learned that, notwithstanding the rain that falls out of the sky, that the water supply you get has got to be used very effectively,” he said.

“You can’t waste it.”

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