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Water consumption warning for Towers

Charters Towers Regional Council is concerned with a jump in the average daily demand for water.

CEO Mark Crawley said that approximately 16 million litres per day is being consumed.

“Average daily consumption is usually 13 million litres per day, meaning we are dealing with a 23 percent increase in normal use,” Mr Crawley said.

“Residents are reminded that although Council is yet to introduce water restrictions, given the severe lack of rain during the summer, it is recommended that water is conserved wherever possible.”

Mr Crawley said Council is closely monitoring the level of water in the Burdekin River and may need to take further steps to reduce consumption over the coming months should there be no further rain in the catchment area.

Charters Towers residents are reminded of the watering times for properties as follows:

Non-restricted watering - Handheld hoses can be used by all on any day and any time, but may not be left unattended.

Restricted watering - for all other watering:

  • No sprinklers or fixed irrigation systems can be used on Mondays.

  • Odd numbered residences/premises have been allocated Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as watering days.

  • Even numbered residences/premises have been allocated Wednesday, Friday and Sunday as watering days.

  • Sprinklers and fixed irrigation systems can only be used between the hours of 4pm and 8am on the allocated watering days.

  • No sprinklers or fixed irrigation systems are to be used between the hours of 8am and 4pm on any day.

  • The above information does not apply to recycled water or private bores.

MG 30 March 2015

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