TasWater Introduces Water Restrictions

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20th January 2020

Stage 1 water restrictions are currently in effect for the Latrobe Municipality until 31 March due to the very dry conditions, low rainfall over the last 36 months and the uncertainty around rainfall in the immediate future.
Through these restrictions, TasWater are attempting to make up the deficits in our waterways and reservoirs and further restrictions may apply in the future.
In the meantime, please make yourself aware of the implications of the Stage 1 restrictions -
STAGE 1 (ALERT)
RESIDENTIAL, PUBLIC AND COMMERCIAL GARDENS
* Watering gardens is allowed on the following days: Any day
* Manual watering systems can only be used between the hours of: 6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm
* Automatic watering systems can only be used between the hours of: Midnight - 4am
* Handheld hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans can only be used between the hours of: Any time
* Watering of lawns: Watering of lawns by any of the above methods
SPORTING GROUNDS
* Watering of sporting grounds is allowed on the following days: Any day
* Manual watering systems can only be used between the hours of: 6am - 8am and 8pm - 10pm
* Automatic watering systems can only be used between the hours of: Midnight - 4am
* Handheld hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans can only be used between the hours of: Any time
PAVING, CONCRETE AND OTHER HARD SURFACES
* Spot cleaning for safety, health, animal welfare or emergency reasons with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or with high pressure cleaning equipment is permitted
* For construction, using water for dust or pollutant suppression, or earth compaction by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device or a vehicle fitted with sprinklers is permitted
* Hosing for general cleaning of hard surfaces such as paths, driveways and paved areas is not permitted at any time
WASHING VEHICLES
* A bucket, high pressure cleaning device or commercial car wash can be used at any time;
* A handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle may be used only for pre-rinsing and rinsing at home
RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL POOLS & SPAS
* Emptying and refilling existing pools, and filling new pools and spas: Up to 2,000 litres: may only be refilled, or filled for the first time, using a handheld hose with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or automatic water top up device
* More than 2,000 litres: may only be refilled, or filled for the first time when the property owner has an approved Exemption from TasWater.
* Topping up pools and spas: Only using a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket, watering can or automatic water top up device.

*Manual watering systems are those that require you to physically turn on a tap. Automatic systems are controlled by an electronic device.
** Allocated days:
Odd numbered properties may water on odd dates. Even and no-numbered properties may water on even dates. All properties may water on the 31st of any month or the 29th of February.
*** Exempt surfaces:
Cricket pitch, golf and bowling greens, croquet greens, tennis courts, golf tees and synthetic hockey pitches

These restrictions do not apply to greywater, tank water (rainwater), bore water or recycled water.

Please refer to TasWater for more information.