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Water restrictions end on 1 November

By johnboy - 21 October 2010 30

[First filed: Oct 20, 2010 @ 9:29]

water!

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.

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Water restrictions end on 1 November
Russ 2:42 pm 20 Oct 10

Excellent. The gravel on the drive always looks a lot nicer with a regular sprinkle of water.

homeone 2:40 pm 20 Oct 10

The Press Release stuff always says –

“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.”

Whereas the more formal documents and, I assume, the regulations themselves say –

“If not washed at a commercial car wash, any vehicle should be washed on a lawn or other porous surface wherever practicable and then may only be washed, not more than once per week, by using … “

Note the ‘should be washed on a lawn …” and the ‘wherever practicable’.

Reads to me as saying if you’ve got a porous surface please use it – ie if not you can wash your vehicle anyway.

enrique 1:31 pm 20 Oct 10

Sgt.Bungers said :

Give it a year, it’ll be a requirement of trigger nozzles sold in the ACT that there be no clip to enable a person to walk away from the hose with the water still flowing.

Such devices will be deemed illegal and will be confiscated and destroyed.

Bollocks – missing the clip wouldn’t make a difference. You’ll just end up with a bunch of angry gardners increasing their spending on gaffa tape. Either that or the next episode of ‘The New Inventors’ will have someone toting an after market attachment.

MJay 1:21 pm 20 Oct 10

I can see people just thinking water restrictions are over and going nuts with the hose, i doubt some will read into the “Permanent Water Conservation Measures”

Thumper 12:20 pm 20 Oct 10

None of my trees died, they were miraculously watered by the water fairy.

My courtyard lawn however took a beating and, although it’s coming back, it’s still a tad patchy.

chewy14 12:05 pm 20 Oct 10

captainwhorebags said :

At the height of restrictions, water charges were increased to make up for the shortfall in revenue.

Will we now see this reversed? Doubt it.

Prices are set by an indpendent regulator, so if the restrictions are removed then prices should come down.

Pitchka 12:03 pm 20 Oct 10

My cannabis cropped will be pleased…..

sepi 11:51 am 20 Oct 10

So is the picture in the CT today. And the CT woman is watering in broad daylight, on her lawn – also currently not kosher.

It goes to show that most people have been completely ignoring restrictions for ages anyway. The only people abiding by them are those of us who really love our gardens, and have actually looked up the restrictions.

Living on tank water doesn’t mean not having a garden. In my experience it means shorter showers and no baths, but still having a decent vegie garden etc.

captainwhorebags 11:47 am 20 Oct 10

At the height of restrictions, water charges were increased to make up for the shortfall in revenue.

Will we now see this reversed? Doubt it.

Jivrashia 11:24 am 20 Oct 10

The picture is missing something…

Captain RAAF 11:23 am 20 Oct 10

or we could just water the damn trees and kick the water restrictions to the kerb?

None of my trees died!

KB1971 11:14 am 20 Oct 10

sepi said :

pity about all the 30 year old trees that died too.

the govt is blaming the removal of a lot of street trees on the drought. it would have been a lot easier to just water the trees once a week, rather than the expensive tree removal and replacement program they have planned.

and we;d still have a canopy of trees, instead of pissy little sapling for the hoons to break in half.

Or we could plant trees that suit the environment that they are living in……..

JC, acres & acres of green grass is just not a sustainable option in the Southern Tablelands/Monaro. Im agraid the heady days of mega water wastage are over.

We have a nice garden but everything that is alive today (with the exception of our newly landscaped front yeard) has had to survive on its own for the last five years & it still looks good. We have only been watering a dozen odd pot plants.

I would love to see both you & Sepi survive on tank water only.

sepi 10:53 am 20 Oct 10

pity about all the 30 year old trees that died too.

the govt is blaming the removal of a lot of street trees on the drought. it would have been a lot easier to just water the trees once a week, rather than the expensive tree removal and replacement program they have planned.

and we;d still have a canopy of trees, instead of pissy little sapling for the hoons to break in half.

JC 10:46 am 20 Oct 10

The fact we skipped stage 1 says something. That is the restrictions we had in place the past year or so have been 1 level too high. So about time they have now finished. The new permament conservations meassures are pretty common sense. Only thing is doubt we will ever have people care for the gardens like they used to, so the place will continue to look like some 3rd world African shit hole. Oh sorry forgot in those places they have water and pride…

Sgt.Bungers 10:07 am 20 Oct 10

Give it a year, it’ll be a requirement of trigger nozzles sold in the ACT that there be no clip to enable a person to walk away from the hose with the water still flowing.

Such devices will be deemed illegal and will be confiscated and destroyed.

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