Water Restrictions

Due to ongoing drought conditions in the Tamworth Region and the wider Murray-Darling Basin, Tamworth Regional Council has had permanent water conservation measures in place since August 2002.

The Drought Management Plan (PDF 3.2MB) was adopted in in 2015 and is supported by the Demand Management Plan (PDF 1.9MB) (2016). Together, these plans aim to minimise the risk of our community running out of water by outlining water conservation measures that are employed by Council and to ensure water demand levels are efficient and sustainable.

Attunga Water Restrictions

Attunga is currently on permanent water conservation measures.

This means:

  • Permanent Water Conservation Measures are always in place when there are no actual water restrictions.
  • Use of sprinklers, sprays, microsprays and fixed hoses is not allowed during the heat of the day, which means watering must take place between 4pm to 9am Eastern Standard Time and 6pm to 8am Daylight Saving Time.
  • Hand-held hoses with trigger nozzles, and buckets or watering cans, may used for watering of lawns, gardens and vehicle-washing at any time.
  • Trigger nozzles must be used on all hoses to help conserve supplies and avoid waste.
  • No washdown of hard surfaces unless using a high-pressure cleaner.
  • Access water for any purpose from the water supplies bulk water filling stations using a credit card or Council issued card.

Barraba Water Restrictions

Barraba is currently on permanent water conservation measures.

This means:

  • Permanent Water Conservation Measures are always in place when there are no actual water restrictions.
  • Use of sprinklers, sprays, microsprays and fixed hoses is not allowed during the heat of the day, which means watering must take place between 4pm to 9am Eastern Standard Time and 6pm to 8am Daylight Saving Time.
  • Hand-held hoses with trigger nozzles, and buckets or watering cans, may used for watering of lawns, gardens and vehicle-washing at any time.
  • Trigger nozzles must be used on all hoses to help conserve supplies and avoid waste.
  • No washdown of hard surfaces unless using a high-pressure cleaner.
  • Access water for any purpose from the water supplies bulk water filling stations using a credit card or Council issued card.

Bendemeer Water Restrictions

Bendemeer is currently on permanent water conservation measures.

This means:

  • Permanent Water Conservation Measures are always in place when there are no actual water restrictions.
  • Use of sprinklers, sprays, microsprays and fixed hoses is not allowed during the heat of the day, which means watering must take place between 4pm to 9am Eastern Standard Time and 6pm to 8am Daylight Saving Time.
  • Hand-held hoses with trigger nozzles, and buckets or watering cans, may used for watering of lawns, gardens and vehicle-washing at any time.
  • Trigger nozzles must be used on all hoses to help conserve supplies and avoid waste.
  • No washdown of hard surfaces unless using a high-pressure cleaner.
  • Access water for any purpose from the water supplies bulk water filling stations using a credit card or Council issued card.

Manilla Water Restrictions

Manilla is currently on permanent water conservation measures.

This means:

  • Permanent Water Conservation Measures are always in place when there are no actual water restrictions.
  • Use of sprinklers, sprays, microsprays and fixed hoses is not allowed during the heat of the day, which means watering must take place between 4pm to 9am Eastern Standard Time and 6pm to 8am Daylight Saving Time.
  • Hand-held hoses with trigger nozzles, and buckets or watering cans, may used for watering of lawns, gardens and vehicle-washing at any time.
  • Trigger nozzles must be used on all hoses to help conserve supplies and avoid waste.
  • No washdown of hard surfaces unless using a high-pressure cleaner.
  • Access water for any purpose from the water supplies bulk water filling stations using a credit card or Council issued card.

Nundle Water Restrictions

Nundle is currently on permanent water conservation measures.

This means:

  • Permanent Water Conservation Measures are always in place when there are no actual water restrictions.
  • Use of sprinklers, sprays, microsprays and fixed hoses is not allowed during the heat of the day, which means watering must take place between 4pm to 9am Eastern Standard Time and 6pm to 8am Daylight Saving Time.
  • Hand-held hoses with trigger nozzles, and buckets or watering cans, may used for watering of lawns, gardens and vehicle-washing at any time.
  • Trigger nozzles must be used on all hoses to help conserve supplies and avoid waste.
  • No washdown of hard surfaces unless using a high-pressure cleaner.
  • Access water for any purpose from the water supplies bulk water filling stations using a credit card or Council issued card.
 

Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal Water Restrictions

Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal are currently on level 5 water restrictions.

This means:

  • All residential outdoor use of treated / town / Council water is banned.
  • Recycled, greywater and rainwater can be used. Rainwater tanks can only be approved by Council. A sign will be issued if they are stand-alone and not able to be switched to the treated supply.
  • Trickle feed tanks that are connected to the town water supply for refilling cannot be used for outdoor watering.
  • There is no irrigation of outdoor industrial and commercial green spaces.
  • Cleaning of vehicle windows, windscreens, number plates and mirrors can be done for safety and regulatory purposes with buckets only.
  • Pools cannot be filled or topped up.
  • Evaporative air conditioners can be used, but as efficiently and moderately as possible.
  • Access water for properties not connected to a town water supply for stock and domestic use from the water supplies bulk water filling stations available to licensed water carters using a Council issued card only.

Guide to Water Restrictions

The Drought Management Plan (PDF 3.2MB) outlines a 6-level water conservation plan for the Tamworth Region. The levels are based on dam levels, flows in streams and bore levels for all seven water supply schemes operated by Council.

The Water Restrictions system clearly sets out triggers for certain water use levels and restrictions so that you can understand exactly what water use rules apply under the different levels. The system has information for residential users as well as non-residential and commercial users.

The same water restrictions apply to Tamworth and all towns and villages in our region, but the trigger points for implementing restrictions vary depending on each supply.

Download the Water Restrictions Guide (PDF 335.2KB) for a quick and easy way to understand what you can and can’t do on each restriction level.

To find out about what each level involves click here.

Frequently Asked Questions on Water Restrictions

Why do we need water restrictions?

Council has developed the Water Restriction System so that our community can conserve the region’s treated water supplies if and when they drop.

Being smart with how you use water is important all the time – even when supply levels are high. Our region has permanent restrictions to ensure our community is using water as efficiently as possible and conserving it for the future. Water restrictions are never lifted, there is just a change in the level depending on how much water we have.

If supplies levels drop, Council implements a series of restrictions to conserve water until rainfall tops up the catchments and groundwater supplies.

When did level 5 water restrictions start?

Level 5 Water Restrictions were introduced for Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal on Monday 23 September, 2019.

Nundle is on Level 4 while Manilla and Bendemeer are on Level 3 water restrictions. Attunga is on level 1 water restrictions and Barraba remains on Permanent Water Conservation Measures.

How do I keep my pool running under water restrictions?

Under Level 4 & 5 Water Restrictions, residents cannot top up private pool using treated water from their town water supply. However, they can engage a water carter to top up the pool, provided the water carter sources the water from a location not on Level 4 & 5 restrictions such as Attunga or Barraba.

The use of swimming pool covers can help reduce evaporation from pools by up to 90% and are a very effective way of reducing the amount of water needed to top up pools. Council offers rebates of up to $100 for residential swimming pool covers. Rebates are also offered for the installation of rainwater tanks, under certain rules, and this water could be used to fill pools.

To apply for a swimming pool cover rebate, simply download and fill in the water rebate application form available on Council's website and then send the completed form to Council.

Why don't you apply water restrictions earlier?

There are a number of reasons why we don’t apply restrictions earlier, including;

  • Rather than introduce restrictions on a random basis we have a plan - the Drought Management Plan. This plan helps to ensure restrictions are introduced in individual centres such that no specific location in our Region runs out of water. When there is plenty of water consumers should be able to use that water as they see fit as long as it is done sustainably – for example, not watering during the heat of the day. But as a particular supply reduces, restrictions are introduced to curb demand.
  • The previous Drought Management Plan got us through the very severe drought in 2006-2007 with no centre running out of water.
  • We are in a far, far better water situation in Tamworth with the augmentation of Chaffey Dam than we would have been if the smaller dam was still in use. For example, the new storage was full in 2016 which equates to 102,000 Megalitres. Without the larger storage, the maximum amount the dam could have held in 2016 was 62,000 Megalitres. Given the conditions we have experienced since 2016, with the smaller dam it could be argued we would be 38,000 Megalitres worse off than what we are now.
  • The Plan after review in 2015 sees Level 1 Water Restrictions introduced when the storage is 10,000 Megalitres higher than with the smaller dam.
  • Water is released from Chaffey Dam not just for Council but for other customers who access water from Chaffey Dam, like irrigators. It is not effective to introduce severe restrictions in Tamworth/Moonbi/Kootingal when water is still being released from the dam for other uses. For example, in 2018-19 water will be released to supply 36% of the irrigators’ entitlements - known as the Available Water Determination (AWD). If water restrictions curb demand to where more water is left in the storage, then this water may be sold to the irrigators and other customers through an increase in the AWD. The AWD is made for the water year – July to June. It cannot be reduced once made, but it can be increased.
  • Customers don’t have to wait for Council to introduce restrictions, they are free to restrict their water use as they see fit.

Why don't you do odds and evens for water restrictions?

A test of odds and evens conducted prior to 2007 showed water consumption increased using this system.

It is thought the reason for this increase was due to residents watering on their allotted day whether or not their garden needed to be watered. Council also received complaints from residents of even number properties about how residents of odd numbered properties had more opportunity to water given some months had 31 days.

Applying restrictions equally to all residents has shown a consistent decrease in consumption across all treated water users, regardless of the restriction level.

Can I clean outdoors under water restrictions?

Yes, if the cleaning is for ESSENTIAL health, hygiene and safety reasons only and water is being used conservatively. Always use a pressure cleaner or bucket to ensure minimal use of water. Reasonable end of lease cleaning would be considered essential. This includes things such as removing animal waste, grease and other health/hygiene matters. For items such as leaves, dust and cobwebs etc a broom or non-water using cleaning method should be used.

Answers to you FAQ's about how the current water situation impacts you as Residents.

How do i read my meter?

Step 1: Locate your water meter. They are generally at front of your property. If you have trouble contact Council to find out the exact location.
Step 2: Open the lid (usually grey) to reveal the meter dials. Make sure you check for and remove any insects or small reptiles.
Step 3: Read and record your meter, reading from left to right. The white dials you will see represent kilolitres and the red dials represent litres, e.g. the dial furthest right represents 1L. 1000 litres equals 1 kilolitre.

*Hot tip* If the dials on your meter are moving but there is not water being used in your home it is likely you have a leak.

I pay my rates, don't I have the right to use the water?

Owners of property connected to reticulated water pay an annual charge and a consumption charge. An annual charge is a charge levied against the cost for Council to provide water at a particular connection whether or not any water is actually consumed. A consumption charge is calculated from the amount of water actually consumed at the property.

Property owners/ residents are able to consume as much water as they want provided they pay the cost associated and they comply with any rules applied by Council like those in the Drought Management Plan.

Can I use water for health, safety and hygiene needs?

Yes. Regardless of the water restriction levels all residents are permitted to use the necessary water to maintain essential health, safety and hygiene for themselves and others living in their residence.

Can I still water my pets and animals?

Yes. Animal welfare should never be compromised regardless of the restriction levels. Where possible, Council recommends reducing the frequency of bathing pets if this does not compromise the health, safety and hygiene of the animal or residents.

Can I still water outdoors if I have a rainwater tank or bore?

Yes but, you should first contact Council to inspect your tank or bore. Once confirmed that the treated water supply is not being used you will be issued with a "Tank or Bore Water In Use" sign to display at the front of your property. Using a non-Council issued sign may still lead to you receiving a warning letter for using water.

You can book a free tank inspection by completing the form on our website - www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/tankinspection

Will Council reimburse me for my dead lawn or gardens?

No. Gardens in the Tamworth region should be designed or maintained knowing that Tamworth has a variable climate, meaning that amounts of rainfall we receive can change over long cycles. Residents’ expectations of access to town water supplies to maintain gardens should be connected directly to this climate variability.

Council also strongly urges residents to be self-sufficient as much as possible when it comes to outside water usage by installing rainwater tanks that can be used to service plants or smaller areas of lawn.

What is the purpose of Automated Meter Readers?

Councillors decided at the 30 April 2019 meeting to trial the use of Automated Meter Readers at no cost to our water customers.

The devices record the use of water at set intervals and this information will show us when water is being used at a particular property. In the event that monitoring shows no evidence of non-compliance with water restrictions there will be no further action taken.

The trial involves 100 of the new devices and they will be installed progressively at weekends from 4 May, 2019.

How do I know if I have a Automated Meter Reader?

Residents may see a new meter being installed at their home. This is at no cost to our water customers. They do not change the water flow to properties.

Staff carrying out installations have been asked to tell any householder who asks them for information to tell them to call our Customer Service Team on 6767 5555 during office hours for any questions to be answered.

When we install an Automated Meter Reader at a property, Council is not drawing any conclusions in relation to non-compliance of water restrictions. However, a noticeably green lawn or garden certainly can be an indicator of increased water use. The device being trialled can substantiate the lawn or garden is being maintained within the water restriction rules. Complaints made to Council about water rule breaches would also be a way to identify properties to have Automated Meter Readers installed.

There has been widespread information about the devices communicated through local media and Council’s own social media channels. Our consistent message has been that the Automated Meter Readers noticeably green lawns and gardens will be one of the indicators we use to identify properties where a device may be installed.

Council knows that most residents are exploring alternate water sources to the town water supply to allow them to maintain their lawn and garden while complying with water restrictions. The installation of the Automated Meter reader can help us to understand residents’ water use patterns. It is certainly not Council’s intention to make residents who receive an Automated Meter Reader feel they are being accused of breaking the water restriction rules. The Automated Meter Reader will give us data evidence to show residents are complying with water restrictions.

Can I still access FREE water?

As the planned new Bulk Water Refill Stations are installed across the Region, the hydrant standpipes in the same area which have been providing free water will be closed and removed.

Free water will be made available from the new bulk water refill stations using a swipe card system which property owners in the Tamworth Region who also receive a NSW Local Land Services Rates Notice can apply for.

However, access to a bulk water refill station will cease to all customers except for bulk water carters once Level 4 Water Restrictions are reached in that locality.

For more information about the stations, click here

Why can't I get a rebate from Council if I'm not connected to the town supply?

The Residential Water Saving Rebate scheme was originally conceived in 2007 to offset the use of the treated town water supply.

It is essentially a financial rebate on water rates paid by those residents connected to the town supply who are making efforts to offset their consumption of town water.

Can I take water from the Peel River to use on my gardens?

No. NSW Water and NSW Department of Industry Water regulate the allocations from the rivers systems and people can’t just draw from it indiscriminately.

How do I calculate my water usage?

Step 1: Read your meter. E.g. 2,587,603L
Step 2: Read your meter 1 week later. E.g. 2,589,914L
Step 3: Subtract your first read from your second read. E.g. 2,589,914 – 2,587,603 = 2311L
Step 4: Divide the answer you found in Step 3 by the number of people in your home. E.g. 2311L / 3 = 770L/person/week
Step 5: Find you daily consumption by dividing the answer you found in Step 4 by 7. E.g. 770L / 7 = 110L/person/day.

Answers to FAQ's about what Council is doing about the current water situation. 

What is Council doing to ensure we continue to have water?

Council is working on a range of additional drought response and water sustainability actions. Councillors endorsed funding for those measures at the April 30 Council Meeting.

These include additions to the Residential Water Rebate Scheme, some investigations into the viability of additional bore water sources and a trial of Automated Meter Reading for residential homes.

Work is in progress on an earlier agreed initiative of carrying out water audits of 53 of the region’s large water users. It is hoped these audits will help identify ways a business can reduce water consumption, and in so doing, reduce the demand for water and help save the business money on on-going water consumption charges.

Why don't you explore other options for capturing water?

Whilst we have enough water for Tamworth requirements, including catering for population growth for the next 20-30 years, Council has already been looking at where additional water will come from post 2040.

A range of options have been looked at by a water engineering consultant and Council has decided to do further detailed investigation of the following four options:

  • Transferring water from Keepit Dam via a 62km pipeline
  • Upgrading Dungowan Dam from 6 gigalitres to between 20-25 gigalitres
  • A 10-15 gigalitre off-river storage upstream of Tamworth
  • Accessing more ground (bore) water through further use of Peel River Drift Wells and an additional bore field to be developed 26km downstream of Tamworth.
    Council will continue to work with both the Australian and State governments and private enterprise to further investigate these options so that Tamworth's future water supply is assured.

Why doesn't Council abide by its own restrictions?

Council does abide by restrictions with two exceptions:

  • Where the area being watered is using ground water. In this case Council always aims to have watering completed by 9am. Water restrictions do not apply for the use of groundwater. In this case Council aims to have watering completed by 9am. Most of our parks and playing fields using groundwater have signs advising groundwater is in use.
  • For preparation of high-profile events when normal watering is not enough to meet the additional demand placed on public facilities.
    Under the Drought Management Plan, Council has a system where public parks, gardens and playing fields are prioritised from 1-5, with Category 1 the highest priority, Category 5 the lowest. As restrictions are introduced the lower priority sites stop being irrigated completely.

When Level 4 water restrictions are reached irrigation stops completely on all public parks, gardens and playing fields, unless they are supplied with groundwater supplies.

Council is working towards increasing the number of green spaces and sporting fields that are able to be watered using groundwater rather than drinking water.

Why allow more houses and businesses when we have restrictions?

Modelling of Tamworth's existing water supplies has shown that with the augmented Chaffey Dam - increasing its storage capacity from 62 gigalitres to 102 gigalitres - there will be sufficient water to meet Tamworth's demand for the next 20-30 years, including allowances for population growth. See graph below:

water graph

The augmentation does not mean there will be no restrictions ever, but that during times of low supply, the restrictions implemented should ensure that we do not run out of water during prolonged dry periods.

Restrictions help to ensure we all have the water we need - even in times of drought.

What is Council going to do to reduce its use of treated water?

Council has been actively pursuing opportunities to reduce the amount of treated water it uses. Works completed include:

  • Bicentennial Park including No. 1 Oval and Tamworth Regional Playground is now watered using ground or bore water,
  • Likewise, almost all the sporting fields in the Riverside precinct and the Gipps Street Playing Fields are now watered using groundwater,
  • Viaduct Park at North Tamworth and the park at Redbank Calala are also irrigated with groundwater,
  • All Council buildings have had their water use assessed and where possible installations have been upgraded (such as sensor taps in bathrooms) to reduce water consumption,
  • All the green space at the Northern Inland Centres of Sporting Excellence, including the Australian Equestrian and Livestock Events Centre, Tamworth Sports Dome and Tamworth Hockey Centre are irrigated using recycled water. The water used is generated as part of the treatment process at the Calala Water Treatment Plant, before being recycled for use in irrigation.

Answers to your FAQ's about the impact on businesses.

Why don't you restrict business water use?

Business, industry and commercial operations are the last water users to be restricted under Council’s Drought Management Plan. Restricting water usage for business and industry has the potential to reduce production or operations which leads to a reduction in jobs.

During periods of low water supply the Drought Management Plan begins by restricting water for non-essential activities like maintaining green lawns or topping up swimming pools in order to conserve it for business and industry and indoor residential use. If water supplies become too low, business and industry is then restricted and water is conserved for critical human needs such as drinking, cleaning and cooking.

Council has previously conducted water usage audits on businesses by using independent water operations consultants to provide advice on how these businesses could improve water efficiencies in their operations. Many have successful water sustainability initiatives in place.

Fortunately, water restrictions have not reached the critical levels where Council has had to restrict business, industrial or commercial water usage.

Why do you let business and industry start up here and use our water?

Business and industry setting up or continuing to operate in the Tamworth region means jobs and economic growth. Council has never had to restrict business, industrial or commercial water usage. Modelling of Tamworth's existing water supplies has shown that with the augmentation of Chaffey Dam to increase its storage capacity from 62 gigalitres to 100 gigalitres there will be sufficient water to meet Tamworth's demand for the next 20-30 years, including allowances for growth.

I am an accommodation provider, can I top up or fill my pool?

I am an accommodation provider, can I top up or fill my pool?
Under level 4 & 5 restrictions motels, hotels and guest houses can not top up or fill their pool using town water. These businesses are able to have water brought in from a water source with lower levels of restrictions.

Council has bulk water refill stations across the region which, depending on the level of restrictions in place, can be used to purchase water for topping up pools. To find out which stations can be used visit https://bit.ly/2Zpx6fm

All your FAQ's about dam.

Does Council own, operate and manage Chaffey Dam?

No. Chaffey Dam is owned, operated, managed and controlled by the State Government water authority known as WaterNSW.

Council is one customer accessing water from Chaffey Dam. Other WaterNSW customers, mostly farm irrigators in the Peel Valley can also access water from the dam.

Who takes water from Chaffey Dam?

Chaffey Dam is owned and operated by the State Government which provides water for town water supplies, environmental flows and domestic requirements for properties fronting the river, irrigated agriculture, industry and some flood mitigation. The dam provides water supplies and drought security to the city of Tamworth and significant irrigation along the Peel Valley, including supplies used for the production of cotton, wheat, lucerne, vegetables, fruit trees, oil seeds and fodder as well as pastures for sheep and cattle. There are 192 licences with a 48,292 megalitre entitlement along 590km of river. These entitlements are broken up into:

  • general security entitlements 30,468 megalitres
  • high security/industry entitlements 973 megalitres
  • stock and domestic requirements 177 megalitres
  • town water supplies 16,400 megalitres (Tamworth)

Water users hold licences to access their entitlement.

How is water allocated out of Chaffey Dam?

The State Government monitors the volume of water in Chaffey Dam. Each year in March or April, the Government looks at how much water is in the dam and how much is likely to flow into the dam, based on historical records

Water stored in the dam is then allocated based on its security level – with water for town water supplies allocated first and then high security entitlement holders. If there is any water still left in the storage after these entitlements have been allocated then the Government makes an Available Water Determination (AWD) which dictates how much of their entitlement a general security licence holder will be able to access in the upcoming water year (1 July to 30 June).

For example, when the dam is full the general security entitlement holders may receive an AWD of 100%, but during drought this figure can be reduced to any level even 0%. So that farmers, irrigators and other general security entitlement holders have some certainty around how much water they will get in a particular water year the AWD, once announced, can be increased throughout a water year but it cannot be reduced.

Does Council own, operate and manage Dungowan Dam?

Yes. Council does own and operate and have exclusive access to the water in Dungowan Dam. However, Dungowan is a comparatively small dam when compared to other dams across the wider area. By way of comparison these dams have the following volumes:

  • Keepit - 424 gigalitres
  • Split Rock – 397 gigalitres
  • Chaffey – 102 gigalitres
  • Dungowan – 6 gigalitres

dam storage image

FAQ's on reporting a breach and what the penalties are for breaching water restrictions.

What happens to those who don't do the right thing?

If Council Officers - who have the authority to issue fines - see someone breaching water restrictions then they can be issued with a fine of $220 on the spot.

For all other cases when Council receives a report of a resident not adhering to water restrictions, the resident is issued a first warning letter. If the issue persists at the same property a second warning will be issued.

After the second warning letter, further breaches are subject to enforcement measures.

Water restrictions are legally enforceable under the 1993 Local Government Act and Council can issue a $220 fine to residents who are found to be in breach of its current water restrictions. Following a fine residents can then have a flow restrictor fitted which limits the amount of water that is available. The resident is also charged a fee to install and another fee to remove the flow restrictor.

What do I do if I see someone breaking the rules?

Report it. You can report water restrictions breaches by contacting Council on 02 6767 5555, by email trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au or through the MyTRC App. Council will then investigate the matter further.

For all your Drought Management Plan FAQ's 

What is the Drought Management Plan?

A revised Drought Management Plan was adopted in December 2015 to coincide with the pending enlargement of Chaffey Dam. The plan is a guide detailing how Council will manage its water supplies so that no specific location runs out of water. It is meant to ensure that we have the maximum amount of water available all the time. It contains trigger points for introducing, increasing or relaxing water restrictions at each of Council's six water supplies.

How often is the Drought Management Plan updated?

We currently review the Drought Management Plan after a drought and/or every five years. It is not constructive to review the plan more regularly than that because without a drought you really don’t have any information to make an assessment on whether the plan is achieving its objectives. The aim of the plan is to ensure no specific location runs outs of water. This can only be tested in a drought, so reviewing every two years or annually would not necessarily lead to improved outcomes.

All the answers to your other FAQ's

How much water does Tamworth use in a year?

The graph below shows the amount of water treated at Tamworth’s Calala Lane Water Treatment Plant each year since 1990. It also shows the population increase in Tamworth over the same period – yellow line.

You can see that despite significant increases in population the consumption of water in Tamworth has remained relatively constant – see red line.

Raw Water Treated at Calala Treatment Plant

How much water do Festival visitors use?

There is minimal difference between consumption during Festival and other days in January.

Visitors to the region are expected to follow water restrictions just like any resident and are subject to the same enforcement activities if they are seen breaching restrictions.

Council will continue to find innovative ways to support our water supply during Festival and water education campaigns will be implemented to raise awareness of water conservation for both visitors and residents alike.

Tamworth Town Water Supply Consumption Statistics from January

Festival Consumption table

*Consumption = ML/d (megalitres per day)

Do you put restrictions on to save water for Festival visitors?

No. Water restrictions are put in place in line with the Drought Management Plan regardless of the time of year or the events being held.

 

Water Management Plans

Some residents may find it hard to abide by water restrictions for a number of reasons such as; hours of business operation, shift work or planting of new turf.

Residents, business and organisations are able to apply for a Water Management Plan. It is important to note that once Level 3 Water Restrictions and above are reached, all Water Management Plans are inactive, null and void.

There are two types of Water Management Plan:

Variation to standard watering hours (for 12 months).
This plan allows you to water outside set watering times. However, you must abide by the current restrictions conditions as laid out in the terms and conditions. Sporting clubs and schools have special conditions if maintaining sports areas.

6-week new turf (for 6 weeks only)
This plan allows you to water outside set watering times when irrigating newly planted turf. However, you must abide by the current restrictions conditions as laid out in the terms and conditions. Council encourages all residents and business owners to look for alternative ways of complying with water restrictions before applying for a Water Management Plan.

If you are applying for a standard Water Management Plan, please complete and submit a The form also outlines all the Terms & Conditions of Water Management Plans as well as applicable fees. Completed forms and fees can then be submitted to your local Council customer service centre.