Water bans loom
LEVEL one water restrictions may soon be introduced across the Clarence Valley.
North Coast Water executive manager Ian Preston yesterday said river flows in the Nymboida River, from which the Valley takes its water supply, had fallen below the trigger level of 225 megalitres a day. If it remains under that level for seven consecutive days, level one water restrictions will be introduced.
Mr Preston said restrictions were normally introduced on a Saturday, meaning October 22 would be a likely starting date if river flows did not increase.
He said that while river levels were falling, consumption was rising as warmer weather meant people were applying more water to gardens.
"I would ask consumers to be water conscious," he said. "We have had the first taste of summer and I would just like people to be mindful of their consumption."
Under level one restrictions, the use of fixed hoses and sprinklers is banned from 8am-4pm. Hosing driveways and hard surface areas is also banned.
Mr Preston said level one restrictions were designed to stop people using sprinklers throughout the day. He said North Coast Water had a water-wise gardening booklet and other useful tips on saving water.