TasWater puts Flinders Island's Whitemark on Stage 2 water restrictions

Whitemark, a town on Flinders Island, will be placed on Stage 2 water restrictions from March 22, 2017, TasWater announced on Monday. 

The restrictions will apply until June 30 unless an exemption is provided. 

Depending on inflows and storage levels, TasWater said the restrictions may be lifted earlier. 

As part of the restrictions, watering of residential, public and commercial gardens is banned; watering of sporting grounds is restricted, and watering paving, concrete and other hard surfaces is banned.

Residents will receive a letter from TasWater with detailed information about allocated times they can water their gardens and sporting grounds. 

Garden restrictions: 

  • Manual watering systems can only be used on gardens between the hours of 6am and 8am and between the hours of 8pm and 10pm on alternate days
  • Automatic watering systems can only be used on gardens between midnight and 4am on alternate days 
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or watering can may be used at any time

Sporting ground restrictions:

  • Manual watering systems can only be used fron 6am to 8am and 8pm to 10pm  
  • Automatic watering systems can only be used between midnight and 4am
  • Handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle, buckets or watering cans may be used at any time

Hard surfaces:

  • Hosing is banned except for construction, health and safety purposes or in an emergency

Vehicles:

  • Vehicles can be washed at home using a high pressure cleaning device, a bucket or at a water efficient commercial car wash at any time or day. A handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle cannot be used for pre‐rinsing and rinsing at home.

Pools and spas:

  • To fill or top up a new or existing pool or spa with a capacity of 2,000 litres or less, a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can or a bucket can be used. This must only occur on allocated days. Pools and spas of greater than 2,000 litres capacity may only be filled with approval from TasWater.

TasWater said Stage 2 reduce non-essential water use, dropping the average water consumption by about 50 per cent. 

To apply for an exemption, contact TasWater at enquiries@taswater.com.au or phone 13 6992.

Appplications for exemptions must include a water conservation plan that outlines the area to be irrigated, location of water meter(s), details of existing watering arrangements and volumes, proposed watering arrangements and volumes, details of proposed watering mechanisms and appropriate waste minimisation processes, and location and wording of signage to advise the general public of an exemption from water restrictions.