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Ring the bells, you’re free of water restrictions

By johnboy - 1 November 2010 16

ACTEW is reminding us that water restrictions have now ended!

We are, however, in “permanent water conservation measures”.

So once again here are the rules from today:

    Private gardens and lawns

    A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can may be used to water lawns and plants at any time.

    Sprinklers and other irrigation systems may only be used to water lawns and plants before 9am and after 6pm on any day from 1 September to 31 May (inclusive).

    At all times lawns and plants may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.


    Public sports amenities, public parks and gardens, public open spaces

    A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can may be used to water lawns and plants at any time.

    For facilities existing at the time water conservation measures come into force:

    Lawns and plants must not be watered using sprinklers or other irrigation systems between 9am and 6pm.

    Sprinklers or other irrigation systems must not be used at other times, unless:

    — a representative of the occupier of the premises completes and lodges with ACTEW an exemption application and a water efficiency management plan within 30 days of water conservation measures coming into force; and

    — ACTEW has not rejected the exemption application or water efficiency management plan; and

    — if the exemption application and water efficiency management plan are approved by ACTEW, the occupier complies with the terms of the exemption and approved water efficiency management plan.
    For facilities established after water conservation measures come into force, or where an existing facility lodges an exemption application and water efficiency management plan more than 30 days after water conservation measures come into force:

    Lawns and plants must not be watered using sprinklers or other irrigation systems without written exemption.

    An exemption will only be granted, permitting lawns and plants to be watered before 9am and after 6pm on any day using sprinklers or other irrigation systems, provided that:

    — a representative of the occupier of the premises has completed and lodged a water efficiency management plan with ACTEW;

    — ACTEW has approved the water efficiency management plan; and

    — the occupier complies with the terms of the exemption and approved water efficiency management plan.

    At all times lawns and plants may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.


    Commercial nursery, commercial market garden and commercial turf-growing businesses

    Wherever practicable non-potable water should be used.

    Plants, turf or seed may be watered at any time using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can.

    For businesses existing at the time water conservation measures come into force:

    Plants, turf or seed must not be watered using sprinklers or other irrigations systems between 11am and 4pm.

    Plants, turf or seed must not be watered using sprinklers or other irrigation systems at other times, unless:

    — a representative of the occupier of the premises completes and lodges with ACTEW an exemption application and a water efficiency management plan within 30 days of water conservation measures coming into force; and

    — ACTEW has not rejected the exemption application or water efficiency management plan; and
    if the exemption application and water efficiency plan are approved by ACTEW, the occupier complies with the terms of the exemption and approved water efficiency management plan.

    — For businesses established after water conservation measures come into force, or where an existing business lodges an exemption application and water efficiency management plan more than 30 days after water conservation measures come into force:

    Plants must not be watered using sprinklers or other irrigations systems without written exemption.

    An exemption will be granted, permitting plants to be watered before 11am and after 4pm on any day, provided that:

    — a representative of the occupier of the premises has completed and lodged a water efficiency management plan with ACTEW;

    — ACTEW has approved the water efficiency management plan; and
    if the water efficiency plan is approved by ACTEW, the occupier complies with the terms of the exemption and approved water efficiency management plan.

    — At all times plants, turf or seed may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.


    Vehicles

    If not washed at a commercial vehicle wash, a business that services, details or repairs vehicles or a vehicle dealership, any vehicle should be washed on a lawn or other porous surface wherever practicable and then may only be washed by using:

    — a bucket or watering can;

    — a high-pressure low-volume cleaner; or

    — a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.

    A commercial vehicle wash, a business that services, details or repairs vehicles or a vehicle dealership may wash vehicles provided that:

    — the occupier complies with the “ACTEW requirements for commercial vehicle washing” at Appendix 1; and

    — if a commercial fixed vehicle wash or a commercial fixed vehicle detailing business, the operator uses its best endeavours to comply with the applicable best practice water usage targets.

    Boat motors may be flushed or rinsed after use.


    Paved areas

    A bucket and mop or a high-pressure low-volume cleaner may be used to clean paved areas at any time.

    Otherwise, water must not be used to clean paved areas unless cleaning is necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency. In these circumstances the most water-efficient method of cleaning reasonably available should be adopted.

    Note: All applicable laws must be complied with when discharging substances into the stormwater system.


    Windows, buildings and building gutters

    Building gutters may be cleaned at any time by any means.

    Windows and other external parts of buildings may be washed at any time, but only by using a bucket and mop/brush, squeegee or a high-pressure low-volume cleaner.

    Otherwise, water must not be used to wash building exteriors unless cleaning is necessary as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency. In these circumstances the most water-efficient method of cleaning reasonably available should be adopted.

    Note: All applicable laws must be complied with when discharging substances into the stormwater system.


    Private ponds and fountains

    Private ponds and fountains may only be filled or topped up using a bucket, a watering can or a handheld hose fitted with a trigger.

    There is no restriction on the operation of fountains that recirculate water from the pond or reservoir in which they are installed. Other fountains may not be operated.


    Public ponds and fountains

    Ponds may only be filled or topped up if:

    — a representative of the occupier of the premises where the pond or fountain is located has lodged an exemption application with ACTEW;

    — ACTEW has granted the exemption; and

    — water is used in accordance with the exemption.

    There is no restriction on the operation of fountains that recirculate water from the pond or reservoir in which they are installed. Other fountains may not be operated.


    Private swimming pools and spas

    Emptying and refilling existing pools, and filling new pools and spas

    Pools and spas with a capacity of 3,000 litres or more must not be either emptied, refilled, or filled for the first time, unless:

    — the occupier of the premises has lodged a water offset plan with ACTEW;

    — ACTEW has approved the water offset plan;

    — the occupier of the premises complies with the approved water offset plan; and

    — the pool or spa is fitted with a cover (that covers at least 80 percent of the surface area of the water) when the pool or spa is not in use.

    Pools and spas with a capacity less than 3,000 litres may only be refilled, or filled for the first time, using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can.

    Topping up pools and spas

    Pools and spas with a capacity of 3,000 litres or more may only be topped up using a bucket, a watering can or a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle and only if:

    — the owner or occupier of the premises has registered with ACTEW;

    — the topping up is done before 9am or after 6pm on any day; and

    — the pool or spa is fitted with a cover (that covers at least 80 percent of the surface area of the water) when the pool or spa is not in use.

    Pools and spas with a capacity less than 3,000 litres may only be topped up using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or watering can.


    Public swimming pools and spas

    Public swimming pools and spas may not be filled or topped up unless:

    — a representative of the occupier of the premises where the pool or spa is located has lodged a water efficiency management plan with ACTEW;

    — ACTEW has approved the water efficiency management plan; and

    — the occupier complies with the approved water efficiency management plan.


    Water storage tanks, dams and lakes

    Unless the property at which a water storage facility is located is not connected to ACTEW Corporation Limited’s potable water supply system, a water storage tank, dam or lake may only be filled or topped up if:

    — the owner or occupier of the premises has lodged an exemption application with ACTEW;

    — ACTEW has granted the exemption; and

    — water is used in accordance with the exemption.


    Construction and related activities

    Wherever practicable non-potable water should be used.

    In greenfields sites, water can be used for dust or pollutant suppression or earth compaction only:

    — by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device or a vehicle fitted with sprinklers; and

    — if the occupier of the premises has lodged an exemption application with ACTEW; and

    — if ACTEW has granted the exemption; and

    — if water is used in accordance with the exemption.

    In all other cases, water may be used for building and construction activities only where alternative water sources are not reasonably available or suitable (provided that water may not be used at any time to generate an exposed aggregate finish). Unless impractical, such water may only be used by means of a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device.


    In general, no variations to the exemptions set out above will be permitted unless customers can demonstrate serious detriment from the application of the Water Restrictions Scheme or a particular stage of restrictions.

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16 Responses to
Ring the bells, you’re free of water restrictions
DBCooper 7:37 pm 01 Nov 10

What the hell are water restrictions? Some kind of myth?……. like the female orgasm.

“Dry land exists…I’ve seen it”

-Kevin Costner “Waterworld”

Hells_Bells74 5:42 pm 01 Nov 10

Haha georges, sure why not!

I don’t see how over the course of a day or so, you are going to put that amount of water in, no matter how you get it in there. It really is nitpicking to say you can’t just fill your pool. To suggest a bucket or whatever that you are going to put a hose in anyhow is weird.

georgesgenitals 4:52 pm 01 Nov 10

Hells_Bells74 said :

“Pools and spas with a capacity of 3,000 litres or more may only be topped up using a bucket, a watering can or a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle”

I would love to see a video of someone filling one of those with a bucket or watering can.

What a site!

What if I stick the hose into a bucket then set the bucket so it empties into the pool? That way I can leave it and walk away…

Hells_Bells74 4:46 pm 01 Nov 10

“Pools and spas with a capacity of 3,000 litres or more may only be topped up using a bucket, a watering can or a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle”

I would love to see a video of someone filling one of those with a bucket or watering can.

What a site!

Pork Hunt 4:16 pm 01 Nov 10

georgesgenitals said :

Captain RAAF said :

What is this water restriction thing of which you speak?

The excuse greenies need to build a home solar water purifier so they can drink their own piss.

If I feel the need to drink my own piss, I’ll start homebrewing again…

busgirl 3:17 pm 01 Nov 10

Captain RAAF said :

What is this water restriction thing of which you speak?

+1
🙂

georgesgenitals 2:02 pm 01 Nov 10

Captain RAAF said :

What is this water restriction thing of which you speak?

The excuse greenies need to build a home solar water purifier so they can drink their own piss.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:51 pm 01 Nov 10

Slip ‘N Slides here we come.

Make your own!

Captain RAAF 1:40 pm 01 Nov 10

What is this water restriction thing of which you speak?

Jivrashia 1:32 pm 01 Nov 10

(sneaks out of office to go purchase car washing gears before they run out)

Huh!? Read along now, nothing to see here!

Solidarity 12:07 pm 01 Nov 10

Never be a wasteful city again…

Ha, look at the GDE duplication

Feathergirl 11:17 am 01 Nov 10

I was thinking about Canberra having such a lot of water at the moment, more than I can remember for a long, long time.

When I was recenty visiting the relatives in Newcastle recently they washed their dishes by leaving the taps running and washing with one of those plastic scrubbers you fill with detergent. I wanted to take the scrubber off them and slap them around for wasting water. But Newcastle has heaps of water, who am I to judge? Will Canberrans ever come to knowingly waste water though? I think it’s been ground into us to save water and hopefully we’ll never be a wasteful city again.

Thumper 11:15 am 01 Nov 10

Private ponds and fountains may only be filled or topped up using a bucket, a watering can or a handheld hose fitted with a trigger

WTF?

Stuff that. I’ll top my ponds with the bloody hose. After all, that’s what they were invented for.

Well, that and orchy bongs…

lobster 11:13 am 01 Nov 10

Slip ‘N Slides here we come.

Holden Caulfield 10:59 am 01 Nov 10

Well, Corin Dam was still overflowing on the weekend, so this is welcome news.

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