[First filed: Oct 20, 2010 @ 9:29]
Some of us thought we’d never see the day, but ACTEW have announced an end to water restrictions from 1 November 2010, skipping level 1 entirely.
Before you break out the Pol Roger though, bear in mind we now have Permanent Water Conservation Measures legislated. So perhaps keep it to a bottle of Omni
The measures are enforceable with fines and are:
- — A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering may be used to water lawns and plants at any time.
— Sprinklers and other irrigation systems may be used to water lawns and plants before 9am and after 6pm on any day from 1 September to 31 May (inclusive). No time limitations apply to watering during winter.
— Vehicles may be washed at any time on a lawn or other porous surface using a bucket or watering can, a high-pressure low-volume cleaner or a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
— Paved areas may be cleaned at any time using a bucket and mop or a high-pressure low-volume cleaner.
— Windows and other external parts of buildings may be washed at any time using a bucket and mop/brush, squeegee or a high-pressure low-volume cleaner.
— Private fountains may be filled or topped up using a bucket, a watering can or a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
— Public ponds and fountains may only be filled or topped with an approved exemption from ACTEW.
— Pools and spas with a capacity of 3,000 litres or more may be topped up before 9am or after 6pm on any day provided that a cover is fitted when the pool or spa is not in use and the pool/spa is registered with ACTEW. Filling of new pools requires an exemption from ACTEW.
— Water storage tanks, dams or lakes must not be filled or topped up using potable water.
— Water may be used for dust or pollutant suppression or earth compaction in greenfields sites but only with a hose fitted with a flow cut-off device or vehicle fitted with sprinklers and provided that an exemption has been lodged and approved.
— Government and commercial customers, including but not limited to organisation that manage public pools, sports amenities, parks, or commercial market gardens, nurseries, and turf growing businesses may be required to complete a Water Efficiency Management Plan in order to continue general business operations.