Murrumbidgee Council tightens raw water restrictions for Jerilderie township
13 May 2020
Jerilderie residents and businesses are being asked to change their watering practices in a bid to curb the amount of raw water the township is using.
Murrumbidgee Council General Manager John Scarce said water restrictions have been tightened to reduce the amount of water being used.
Mr Scarce said when water restrictions were introduced in December last year our community had used 18% more raw water than at the same time last year and this trend has continued despite the water restrictions.
Council will keep monitoring and adjust the restrictions as necessary.
KEY POINTS - Raw water restrictions for Jerilderie township
Watering times for residential properties
7.00 am to 11.00 am and 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm daily - use of automated systems or hoses with timers (timers cannot be set to exceed 120 minutes) or hand held hoses only.
Watering times for Commercial/Council Properties
For lawn or garden 11.00 pm to 7.00 am daily - use of automated systems only.
For lawn or garden 7.00 am to 9.00 am daily - hand held or hoses with timers only (timers cannot be set to exceed 120 minutes).
TIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE OUTDOOR WATER USE
- Let the weather do the work for you – reduce your watering after rain.
- Use a broom, rake or blower, rather than a hose to clean your driveways and hard surfaces.
- Plant for the climate and soil in your area.
- Add composted organic material to your soil to increase the amount of water it can hold.
- Apply 7 - 10 cm of mulch around plants to help save water lost through evaporation.
- Get rid of weeds as they take water away from the plants you want to grow.
- Group plants with similar needs so they all get the right amount of water without wasting any.
- Wash your car on the lawn. This will water and fertilise your lawn as well as stopping car shampoo getting into the stormwater drains. Car shampoos use phosphates that are similar to many fertilisers.
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