PERMANENT WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES

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					      PERMANENT WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES
                                 Effective 26th October 2003
                                                                                      LGA-5515

From Sunday 26th October 2003, Level 2 water restrictions will cease and permanent water
conservation measures will come into force in South Australia.

A detailed list of restrictions is attached to this document and is also available on the SA
Water web site www.sawater.com.au.

Level 2 water restrictions are no longer required as recent significant rainfall has reduced our
requirement to draw water from the River Murray. However, the permanent water
conservation measures aim to ensure long-term water efficiency in the community.

Since mandatory water restrictions were introduced on 1 July, the State Government and SA
Water have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the South Australian
community and by the support from local government.

Permanent water conservation measures will impact on local government for a range of
activities, mainly relating to the maintenance of parks, gardens, sporting and recreational
facilities.

Permanent water conservation measures do not override adherence to existing legislation or
approved safety procedures. If there are particular instances where Councils require
clarification in relation to exempt activities please contact SA Water Corporation.

The new measures apply to all water supplied by the SA Water system, not just areas whose
water supply is sourced in part or fully from the River Murray. This includes areas in the
State’s South-East. The Eyre Peninsula will continue with their water restrictions introduced
last summer until further notice. This is due to diminished water supply on the peninsula.


       Permanent Water Conservation Measures – Base Level restrictions

Permanent water conservation measures are effectively the base level of ‘water restrictions’
South Australians will be required to comply with on an ongoing basis. Depending on water
supply issues relating to the River Murray and in our own catchments, the level of water
restrictions will be revised to match prevailing circumstances and conditions.

It is strongly suggested Councils continue with any efforts that have been undertaken to
improve their ability to comply with more stringent water restrictions. This will help ensure
Councils are prepared if the level of restrictions increase in future.


Watering gardens, grounds, nurseries etc:

   Public or private gardens, recreational areas, sports grounds or nurseries can only be
   watered:
   - By hand (through a hand-held hose or from a bucket or watering can); or
   - Through a drip-feed irrigations system; or
   - Where the watering takes place through a sprinkler - after 5pm or before 10am on any
      day (or, when daylight saving is in force, after 6pm and before 10am).
Cleaning of motor vehicles, boats:

   Water must not be used to clean a motor vehicle or boat unless the water is applied:
   - From a bucket or watering can filled directly from a tap; or
   - By a high-pressure low volume water cleaner*; or
   - From a hand-held hose that is fitted with a trigger nozzle*.

   Motor vehicles or boats can be cleaned at a commercial car wash or by means of an
   automatic washing system that recycles water.


Hosing down external paved areas:

   No hosing down of external paved areas with water at any time unless it is absolutely
   necessary to do so:
   - To protect public health; or
   - To ensure the safety of people using the area; or
   - To ensure the health and welfare of animals using the area; or
   - To deal with fire, accident or other emergency.


Construction sites:

Water must not be used to control dust or other pollutants resulting from building works
unless the water is applied from a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, or directly from
a motor vehicle designed to carry and deposit water.


Exemptions from Restrictions

For those Councils that currently have a permit(s) for Level 2 water restrictions, where a
permit will still be required, a new permit will be issued without the need to complete another
permit application form.

Should Councils require an exemption, applications can be downloaded from SA Water’s
website or can be requested by calling SA Water’s Water Restrictions Hotline on 1800 130
952.

Any other inquiries should also be directed to the Water Restrictions Hotline on 1800 130
952.


SA Water website

SA Water’s website is constantly being updated with information relating to restrictions.
Please refer to the site regularly to obtain relevant information.




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Key Differences between Level 2 Water Restrictions & Permanent Water Conservation
Measures

LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS                                 PERMANENT WATER CONSERVATION
(1 July - 25 October 2003)                           MEASURES
                                                     (From 26 October 2003)

GARDENS & LAWNS:                                     WATERING GARDENS, GROUNDS,
                                                     NURSERIES:
   Hand-held hoses, watering cans and
   buckets or drip watering systems may be              Public or private gardens, recreational areas,
   used at any time to water domestic                   sports grounds or nurseries can only be
   gardens and lawns.                                   watered:
   Sprinkler systems may only be used                   - By hand (through a hand-held hose, from a
   between the hours of 8pm to 8am on                      bucket or watering can); or
   alternate days. All properties with an even          - Through a drip-feed irrigation system; or
   numbered street address may only use                 - Where the watering takes place through a
   sprinkler systems in the period                         sprinkler - after 5pm and before 10am on
   commencing at 8pm on even numbered                      any day (or, when daylight saving is in force,
   dates. All houses with odd numbered                     after 6pm and before 10am).
   street address may only use sprinkler
   systems in the period commencing at               This measure now applies to public or private
   8pm on odd numbered dates.                        gardens, recreation areas, sports grounds and
                                                     nurseries.


SPORTS GROUNDS & RECREATIONAL                        SEE “WATERING GARDENS, GROUNDS,
FACILITIES:                                          NURSERIES” ABOVE

   Hand held hoses, watering cans and
   buckets may be used at any time to water
   sports grounds and recreational facilities.
   Sprinkler systems may only be used twice
   a week between the hours of 8pm and
   8am.
   Any other use of water by sports grounds
   and recreational facilities cannot occur
   except under the authority of a permit
   issued by SA Water.


PAVED AREAS, WALLS OR ROOFS:                         HOSING DOWN EXTERNAL PAVED AREAS:

    Water must not be used to wash paved                No hosing down of external paved areas with
   areas, walls or roofs of a building at any           water at any time unless it is absolutely
   time unless it is necessary to do so for             necessary to do so:
   environmental or public health reasons or            – To protect public health; or
   as a result of an accident, fire or other            – To ensure the safety of people using the
   emergency.                                              area; or
                                                        – To ensure the health and welfare of animals
                                                           using the area; or
                                                        – To deal with fire, accident or other
                                                           emergency.




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FOUNTAINS AND PONDS:

  A fountain or pond that does not recycle          Not restricted.
  water must not be operated and must not be
  topped up. The level of water in a fountain or
  pond that recycles water may only be topped
  up with water from a hand held hose or
  bucket. Fountains and ponds must not be
  emptied and refilled. No empty fountain or
  pond may be filled with water except under
  the authority of a permit issued by SA Water.


SWIMMING POOLS AND SPAS:

  Existing pools and spas must not be emptied       Not restricted.
  and refilled. No new pools or spas or empty
  existing pools or spas may be filled with
  water except under the authority of a permit
  issued by SA Water.
  The level of water in a swimming pool or spa
  that has been previously filled with water may
  only be topped up or maintained with water
  from a hand held hose or bucket.
  Pool owners are encouraged to cover pools
  to restrict the amount of water loss by
  evaporation.


WASHING CARS AND BOATS:                            CLEANING OF MOTOR VEHICLES, BOATS:

  Water must not be used to wash a vehicle           Water must not be used to clean a motor
  except by means of a commercial car wash,          vehicle or boat unless the water is applied:
  or a bucket filled directly from a tap.            – From a bucket or watering can filled
  A trigger hose may be used to rinse a vehicle         directly from a tap; or
  after washing it with water from a bucket.         – By a high-pressure low volume water
                                                        cleaner; or
                                                     – From a hand-held hose that is fitted with a
                                                        trigger nozzle.
                                                     Motor vehicles or boats can be cleaned at a
                                                     commercial car wash or by means of an
                                                     automatic washing system that recycles
                                                     water.
                                                     Boat motors may be flushed or rinsed after
                                                     use.




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COMMERCIAL NURSERIES AND GARDEN                   SEE “WATERING GARDENS, GROUNDS,
CENTRES:                                          NURSERIES” ABOVE

  Hand held hoses, watering cans and buckets
  may be used at any time to water plants in
  commercial nurseries and garden centres.
  Sprinkler systems may be used between the
  hours of 8pm and 8am.
  Any other use of water by commercial
  nurseries and garden centres cannot occur
  except under the authority of a permit issued
  by SA Water




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