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St George to move to Level Two water restrictions

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St George residents will move to Level 2 water restrictions from Monday 23rd November.

 Level 2 restrictions begin when Council’s remaining water allocation falls below 1500ML and Mayor Samantha O’Toole said that level would occur imminently.

“In keeping with our policy residents will only be able to water on set days for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening from then,” Cr O’Toole said.

Cr O’Toole said residents were requested to use the town’s water carefully, and employ all possible water saving techniques as excessive consumption may lead to Level 3 restrictions.

She said the move was more caused by the lack of recent rain rather than residents using too much water.

“Usage in October was actually 10ML below the long-term average and residents are to be congratulated for their efforts, however, that has not been sufficient to overcome the need for tighter restrictions at least until we have a sufficient inflow.”

Cr O’Toole said Council staff would be monitoring compliance with the restrictions.

A first offence will incur a written warning while subsequent offences will result in an infringement notice and a fine.

Restrictions also apply to schools, caravan parks and other businesses. Reduced watering also occurs in accordance with Council’s parks and gardens program.

More information can be found on Council’s website at https://www.balonne.qld.gov.au/community/environment-water-and-waste/st-george-water-restrictions

ENDS

For more information:

Nigel Tapp, Corporate Communications Co-ordinator-Balonne Shire Council

T: 07 4620 8804

M: 0476 660 047

E: nigel.tapp@balonne.qld.gov.au

 

Published: 13th November 2020

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