Newcastle Council Tightens Water Use

City of Newcastle has new water savings measures with the introduction of Level 2 restrictions now in effect across the Hunter.

Efficiencies began with Level 1 restrictions included ceasing the annual planting regime at King Edward Park and installing smart water meters at key sites across the city that track water usage in real time and help identify leaks.

Council’s drought response plan includes minimising irrigation practices at sporting fields, installing new rainwater tanks, using surface water catchment ponds at Summerhill Waste Management Centre and auditing water use at inland pools.

Manager Parks and Recreation Lynn Duffy said the City has been proactive with its plan to reduce water usage.

City of Newcastle has been working with Hunter Water to reduce its water consumption since the lead up to the implementation of Level 1 water restrictions in mid-September,” Ms. Duffy said.

With little to no rain in the months since, we’re now in the position where we need to reduce our water use even more as Hunter Water’s overall water storage falls closer to 50 percent.

Hunter Water has been working closely with City of Newcastle to help predict and prepare for this scenario borne out of one of the worst droughts ever experienced across the State.”

The City of Newcastle has also applied for several exemptions under the Level 2 restrictions, including using some irrigation at key public parks, such as Civic Park and Foreshore Park, and some high-use sporting fields such as No.2 Sportsground which plays host to international sporting events such as the upcoming Trans-Tasman Touch Football competition.