Level 2 water restrictions now apply to Singleton water customers.

With no end in sight for dry weather conditions and falling levels in Glennies Creek Dam, Level 2 water restrictions now apply to Singleton water customers.

The elevated water restrictions took effect on Sunday 1 March 2020.

The report to Council’s February meeting said drought conditions continued to impact Glennies Creek Dam as the main source of water for the Singleton local government area, despite recent heavy rainfall. As of 26 February 2020, water levels at Glennies Creek Dam were 37.2%.

Mayor of Singleton Cr Sue Moore said elevated water restrictions were required to conserve drinking water supplies.

While it has been excellent to see some decent rainfall throughout the month of February, unfortunately the scale and impact of this drought means that the level in Glennies Creek Dam is still dropping fast,” she said.

Level 2 water restrictions now apply — we all know how precious water is and after months of dry weather we all need to do our part to conserve it.

Saving water is easier than you think and a little goes a long way — it’s as easy as turning off your shower after four minutes, fixing leaking taps as soon as your notice it, only watering your garden and lawn on your allocated watering day, or waiting until the dishwasher and washing machine are full before using them.”

Cr Moore said while Hunter Water customers returned to Level 1 restrictions last week, Singleton’s Glennies Creek Dam saw a minor improvement to water levels during the month of February.

Although Hunter Water has reduced their water restrictions to Level 1 following the recent rain, Singleton has not been so lucky with the dam only seeing a 1% increase to water levels,” she said.

Singleton Council’s water restrictions apply to customers in Singleton, Mount Thorley, Broke and Jerrys Plains. Customers are encouraged to check their bill to confirm their water provider and applicable water restrictions.”

Under Level 2 water restrictions, residential outdoor watering is limited to every second day depending on house numbers, vehicles and boats can only be washed using a bucket and rinsed with a hand-held hose with a trigger nozzle between 9am – 12pm, and topping up pools and spas is only permitted between 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm.

An information flipbook has been delivered to all Singleton water customers outlining what each water restriction level means and what activities are allowed, what the odds and evens water system is, summer and winter variations, as well as tips to save water in the laundry, bathroom, kitchen and outside.

For residential customers, level 2 water restrictions mean:

  • When watering lawns and gardens, the odds and evens system applies
  • Water between 6am-9am and 6pm-9pm in summer, and 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm in winter
  • Watering systems (including micro sprays and drip irrigation systems), soaker hoses, non-fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses are permitted
  • Washing of hard surfaces, walls and windows with a hose is banned. You must spot clean with a bucket and hand-held trigger nozzle or other devices that can be shut off instantly
  • Wash vehicles and boats with a bucket, and rinse with hand-held nozzle or other device that can be shut off instantly between 9am-12pm any day
  • You can top up an existing pool or spa or fill a new pool or spa fixed to a timer between 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm
  • You can fill temporary inflatable children’s pools at any time with a hand-held hose trigger nozzle or other devices that can be shut instantly or fixed to a timer

Water restrictions apply to both residential and non-residential customers. The activities and restrictions are different for residential and non-residential customers. For more information, including what water restrictions mean to you, visit www.singleton.nsw.gov.au