Water restrictions will be introduced from 9 am on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in response to recent dry conditions that have led to a drop in water supply.
Copperlode Falls Dam in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia, is currently at about 79 percent of capacity and is falling at a rate of more than 1 percent a week. If consumption stays at the same rate, Level 2 restrictions are likely at the start of December.
Cairns Regional Council mayor Bob Manning encouraged all residents to think about their water use: “The restrictions only affect sprinkler watering times, but all residents and businesses can help to reduce the strain on our water supplies by using water wisely in day-to-day activities and conserving water where possible. There is a chance of rain over the weekend but it's unlikely we'll get enough to top up the dam. We do hope the rain will help green up lawns and gardens so there is less need to turn on a sprinkler.”
Under Level 1 water restrictions:
- Sprinklers may be used between the hours of 6-8 am and 6-8 pm only
- Odd-numbered houses (ie street number ending with 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are permitted to use sprinklers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only
- Even-numbered houses (number ending with 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) may use sprinklers on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only
- No sprinkler use is permitted on Mondays
- Hand-held hoses with a trigger nozzle, watering cans and buckets can be used at any time
Some restrictions also apply for hosing of pavements, washing of cars, operation of fountains other water uses.