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Exemptions to water restrictions coming your way

By Holden Caulfield - 9 November 2009 5

I noticed a big ad in the Canberra Times on the weekend that brought a smile to my car loving heart. For a limited period, starting from 14 November, Canberrans will be able to wash their cars at home. Yay for those of us who like shiny metal bits.

The general exemption runs from 14–29 November and also allows homeowners to clean their windows and so on.

Usual sensible water use caveats apply, such as the use of trigger hoses, buckets etc. ACTEW requests that cars are washed on a lawn or other porous surface.

Full details are available at the ACTEW website (scroll down to the vehicles and windows and building section and click on read more).

Further to that is good news for those who like to water their gardens. Similar to last year a general exemption will allow weekend watering from Saturday 19 December 2009 to Sunday 31 January 2010 inclusive.

People living at addresses with an EVEN street number can sprinkle on Saturdays; and
People living at addresses with an ODD street number can sprinkle on Sundays.

It is worth noting the sprinkler/irrigation system exemption applies only between the hours of 7pm-10pm. At all other times usual Stage 3 restriction apply.

Full details are available at the ACTEW website (scroll down to the private lawns and gardens section and click on read more).

Let the bitching/conspiracy theories on ACTEW needing some extra money to pay for their damn dam begin…

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Exemptions to water restrictions coming your way
Chop71 7:35 pm 16 Nov 09

I loved watching the news footage from the house on the hill today with a politician almost tripping over the hose (still left out and a freshly watered lawn in the background) to give an interview.

…and the residents of West Macgregor who get a $1000 prize for the best front lawn over summer. Personally, I feel that’s a pirze for who can steal the most water off your neighbour.

Best of Luck
Chop

bd84 9:08 pm 10 Nov 09

They might want to rethink the decision, the past two days driving past the electronic signs showed water usage of 150kl, way in excess of the 120kl target. 40% here we come lol

Blingerific 8:54 pm 09 Nov 09

Hmmm, I wonder if they’ll apply the same rules to big business. As opposed to the only rule is there are no rules if you have the cash…

stonedwookie 8:44 pm 09 Nov 09

yeh i guess so concrete is porous if you wanna be technical

Fiona 7:53 pm 09 Nov 09

If I only have a concreted driveway, is that still okay?

Also, since I’m lazy, are an community groups going to run carwashes in this time so I can pay a kid to do it for me?

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