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Yarraman Moves To High
Level Water Restrictions

Filed under Breaking News, Council, Latest News, Rural

August 15, 2019

Yarraman residents will face High Level water restrictions from Monday (August 19).

Cr Nancy Sommerfield said the move was necessary as the region continued to experience severe drought.

“The hard truth is that we simply aren’t receiving the rain we desperately need,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“As a result of this, we are experiencing significant stress on some water supplies and our Council bores are under pressure in a number of regional communities.

“The weir in (the Yarraman) area is producing poor water quality and we have become more reliant on the pipeline from Boondooma Dam.”

“I would like to thank our community for the work they’ve been doing to reduce water consumption so far and ask that we all remain vigilant in our efforts to conserve water wherever possible.

“In the meantime Council will continue to look at other solutions to reduce the stress on our aquifers.

“We will also continue working with both the State and Federal Governments and all other interested parties, including the private sector and irrigators across the region on our long-term water security planning.”

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What High Level water restrictions mean:

  • Garden Watering – Bucket

Tuesday to Sunday before 8am and after 4:00pm (no watering on Monday)

  • Garden watering – hose with trigger or twist nozzle

Saturday (odd) and Sunday (even) – between 4:30pm to 5:30pm (winter months)

  • Garden watering – hosing concession (over 70s or disability)

Tues-Thurs-Sat (odd) and Wed-Fri-Sun (Even) – between 4:30pm to 5:30pm (winter months)

  • Garden watering – efficient sprinkler or irrigation system

Not permitted

  • Lawn watering

Not permitted

  • Newly established gardens and lawns

1 hour daily (4:00-7:00am or 4:00-7:00pm) for 14 days after establishment (with hand-held hose)

  • Swimming pools – filling

Not permitted

  • Swimming pools – topping up

Tues-Thurs-Sat (odd) and Wed-Fri-Sun (even) and only if water saving devices are fitted – between 4:00pm and 7:00pm

  • Vehicle washing – bucket


  • Vehicle washing – hose or high pressure spray

Saturday (odd) and Sunday (oven) – between 4:30pm to 5:30pm (winter months)

  • Building washing and outdoor entertainment areas – hose or high pressure spray

Saturday (odd) and Sunday (even) – between 4:30pm to 5:30pm (winter months)

  • Washing paved surfaces

Not permitted. However, reasonable actions may be undertaken to address significant soiling of paved surfaces or to prevent material risks associated with an accident or hazard to health, safety or the environment at any time to the extent necessary to address the soiling or the risk to health, safety or the environment.

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