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Start of October brings start of Summer Watering Times

4 October 2016

As warmer weather sets in and spring starts to bloom across the Western Downs, Council is encouraging residents to continue to conserve water wherever possible as we get ready to changeover to summer watering times and restrictions from midnight Sunday 9 October.

  • The switch in watering times and restrictions is a key strategy used by many councils across Australia to help ensure town water supplies are maintained during the summer;
  • Water consumption generally increases during the warmer months, so Council encourages all customers to comply with their local water restrictions as it helps to ensure water will be effectively managed throughout summer;
  • Residents should be mindful that there are designated times at which residents can water outside for each restriction level, and a total ban on all outside water use applies on Mondays.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby said even though some areas across the region had experienced recent rainfall residents should still be proactive in using their water sparingly.

“We thank our customers for continuing to be ‘waterwise’ through the winter months by being mindful of their usage, however we encourage residents to remain vigilant when it comes to conserving water particularly as we move into summer,” he said.

“Water saving measures like the implementation of summer watering times are an essential part of ensuring our region’s water security and with residents doing their part throughout the year we can increase our chances of sufficient water supplies in the event of a dry summer.”

Council officers will be conducting regular patrols to monitor adherence to Council’s Water Restriction Policy.

For more information on watering restrictions and the permitted activities under each restriction, contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL or visit our website.

Conditions for non-residential users may vary and more information on non-residential water restrictions is available on Council’s website.

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Media Contact:
Cr Peter Saxelby | Spokesperson for Utilities | 0475 007 554