Water Restrictions

Level two water restrictions started in the Yass Valley at midnight on Sunday, 19 January 2020 including Murrumbateman.

The village of Murrumbateman is currently serviced by water drawn from ground water sources and due to occasional supply issues, residents have been on Level One water restrictions there for some time. Due to lowering water tables at the water supply bores, Murrumbateman joined the other towns and villages in the Yass Valley by moving into Level 2 water restrictions, starting midnight on Sunday, 19 January 2020.

Signs have been placed at the entries and exits to all towns and villages advising of these changes and Council will continue to notify residents through print, radio and social media.

What are level two water restrictions?

Private residences
Sprinklers (these include pop-ups and micro-sprays) or hand held hoses or drippers in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Odd street numbered houses on odd numbered days – 7pm to 9pm in the summer months and 4pm to 6pm in the winter months.
  • Even street numbered houses on even numbered days – 7pm to 9pm in the summer months and 4pm to 6pm in the winter months.
  • Houses only with elderly people (who meet the age criteria for State and Government aged concessions) are allowed to water for two hours only between 7am-10am on alternative days.
  • Buckets can be used anytime for essential garden watering only that does not cause pooling or runoff.
  • No hosing of hard surfaces unless cleaning is required as the result of an accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.
  • Vehicles may be washed on grassed areas rather than paved surfaces, no more than once per fortnight using:
    • A bucket or watering can.
    • A hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
    • A high pressure/low volume cleaner.

Private swimming pools
No emptying of pools without prior written approval.
Refilling or topping up of pools is permitted without prior written approval if the pool is covered when not in use.
Topping up with a hand held hose only.
Pool covers are encouraged.
For commercial premises
Same as private usage except there are no restrictions on commercial vehicle wash facilities.

For commercial premises
Same as private usage except there are no restrictions on commercial vehicle wash facilities.

For commercial premises
Same as private usage except there are no restrictions on commercial vehicle wash facilities.

For public places
Parks, ovals and gardens watered at minimum level for sustainability.

Fines of $220 will apply for residents and $550 for businesses who don’t follow the restrictions.

Standpipe users
Council’s standpipe will continue to provide a facility for the use of water for residential use, construction and road works within the Yass Valley Local Government Area. However, in line with the NSW Government’s priority to allocate water to safeguard essential town water supplies, Council is working with industry to find alternative water supplies and restrict their need to access the reticulated town water supply, especially if it puts our water supplies at risk.

What’s next?
Level two water restrictions will remain in place until storage levels have fully recovered, but even rainfall does not guarantee water in our catchment areas. If drought conditions continue, Council could move through water restrictions levels three and four.