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Residents urged to be water wise

Monday, 13th July, 2015

Sue White gives her patio garden a drink ... water restrictions are still in place between the hours of 9am and 6pm. Sue White gives her patio garden a drink ... water restrictions are still in place between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

By Michael Murphy

With water restrictions tipped to tighten in the next few months, Essential Water has issued a reminder to residents to follow bans already in place.

The water retailer has issued 13 warnings to users since restrictions came into effect in December last year, and it has also rescinded an exemption extended to one user.

“These exemptions are predominantly due to unreasonable impact on livelihood,” a spokesperson for Essential Water said.

“Of the 50 exemptions issued, one has been revoked due to excessive water consumption.”

Exemptions granted by Essential Water expire when the level of restriction increases.

Broken Hill is expected to be on Level 2 restriction by the end of winter or early spring.

Those who want to continue to be exempt must re-apply.

Current water restrictions prohibit the use of domestic and public sprinklers, automatic watering systems and fixed or hand-held hoses for irrigation of gardens and lawns between 9am and 6pm.

They also prohibit the washing of vehicles and hard surfaces (such as pavers and buildings) with hoses.

The filling of empty pools, spas and ponds is also off limits.

Essential Water said no one had been fined so far, and people who had received warnings had not re-offended.

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