Dripping Tap: Fears water rates will soar in the coming years. Photo: Griffith Thomas / The Satellite IS160911WATER2
Dripping Tap: Fears water rates will soar in the coming years. Photo: Griffith Thomas / The Satellite IS160911WATER2 Griffith Thomas

Council may tighten taps

STRUGGLING gardeners might have another hurdle to overcome with water restrictions likely to increase.

South Burnett Regional Council will consider increasing water restrictions at its meeting tomorrow.

Restrictions have been set at level 1 but Water and Waste Water portfolio holder Cr Barry Green said it would be more responsible for the council to impose a minor increase.

"The South Burnett region is currently drought declared and with forward range forecasts predicting low rainfall for the forthcoming summer, council will be considering implementing level two water restrictions across the South Burnett region," he said.

Level two restrictions would see household consumption reduced from a maximum of 215 litres a person each day to 185, sprinklers and soaker hoses banned (except for on new turf), watering hours reduced and restrictions on the number of days watering is allowed.

Cr Green said while dam levels were not in a poor position, little rain had not fallen since the start of the year and with dry conditions expected to continue a small change in water restrictions now would save a shock down the track.

"It is important for council to carefully manage the water supply on behalf of the region so that if required, moving to harsher restrictions will be a gradual process," he said.

"People have become, I believe, pretty conscious of the importance of water so they do treat it with a lot more respect than they did before 2011.

"But there are little things that add up, like if you leave a tap dripping you could lose up to 200L a day."

For information on how to manage water usage in and around the home go to http://www.southburnett.qld. gov.au.

How 2014 rainfall compares to the average

November: 38.6mm in 2014, average 77.2mm

October: 9.8mm in 2014, average 65.3mm

September: 3mm in 2014, average 37.9mm

August: 44.2mm in 2014, average 28.6mm

July: 6mm in 2014, average 39.4mm

June: 22.6mm in 2014, average 42.6mm

May: 21.6mm in 2014, average 40.2mm

April: 57.8mm in 2014, average 46.8mm

March: 122.8mm in 2014, average 77.5mm

February: 1.8mm in 2014, average 95.5mm

January: 37.4mm in 2014, average 114.1mm

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