Level 3 Water Restrictions

Updated 8 September 2014

Level 3 water restrictions were lifted for the Kempsey Shire, from Tuesday 9 September 2014.

What is involved in Kempsey Shire Level 3 Water Restrictions?

External use

Hose with water cut-off trigger nozzle
Water cut-off trigger
Hose with water cut-off trigger nozzle
Control nozzle
  • Sprinklers and fixed hoses are banned.
  • The use of one hand held hose for 1 hour (in two 30 minute sessions), every second day on “odds & evens" days matching your house number.
    (For example, if your house number is 2, then you can water on all the even days of the month i.e. 2nd, 4th, 6th etc).
  • During Daylight Saving Time (begins Sunday 5 October 2014):
    From 6:30am to 7:00am and 6:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Non Daylight Saving Time (ends Saturday 4 October 2014):
    From 6:30am to 7:00am and 5:00pm to 5:30pm
  • No garden watering will be permitted on 31st day of the month.
  • Hoses must be fitted with a water cut-off trigger or control nozzle.
  • Watering cans and buckets can be used at any time when filled from a fixed tap.

During your allotted time, the following activities can be undertaken

  • Gardens and lawns
    • Use one hand held hose fitted with a water cut-off trigger or control nozzle and
    • Micro-spray watering systems can be used for 15 minutes only,
  • OR
  • Car and boat washing
    • Wash with a bucket, rinse only using a hand held hose fitted with a water cut-off trigger or control nozzle, on lawn area or gravel where possible.

Other activities

  • Outboard boat motor flushing
    • 5 minutes on a lawn area only.
  • Cleaning windows, walls and roofs
    • Buckets only at any time of the day when filled from a fixed tap.

Driveways, paths and paved areas

  • Brooms, vacuum cleaners or air blowers to be used to remove loose material.
  • No chemicals or cleaning products to be used
  • No hose can be used, unless it is required as a result of accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency. (Hoses must be fitted with a water cut-off trigger or control nozzle).

Commercial, building & landscaping industries

  • No restrictions to Commercial activities (including commercial market gardens and plant nurseries), however, water saving initiatives are encouraged.
  • Hoses must be fitted with a water cut-off trigger or control nozzle.
  • Dust suppression permitted with recycled water only.
  • All water usage and associated activities must not cause pollution as defined under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO).

Penalties will apply for deliberate breaches of the adopted Level 3 Water Rrestrictions.

Water usage and associated activities must not cause pollution as defined under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO) .

For further information about water restrictions, please read our frequently asked questions or contact Customer Services on 6566 3200.

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