Walcha residents will enjoy level 1 water restrictions from next Monday, March 30 as Walcha storage levels near capacity and good flows continue in the Macdonald River.
Walcha Council has announced the daily usage target will increase from 150 litres to 250 litres per person per day.
The community is being encouraged to continue to be conservative with water use. However, residents will now be able to: water their gardens before 10 am and after 4 pm; wash vehicles and hard surfaces using a hose with trigger nozzles or high-pressure cleaning equipment, and use sprinklers for up to two hours per day.
I would like to personally thank the Walcha communityEric Noakes
"I would like to personally thank the Walcha community for our reduced water usage levels over the past years, and especially since we went to level 5 restrictions last November," said Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes.
"It is a great result for Walcha and shows that we all know how to reduce our usage when needed. We all know that water is our most precious resource, and I look forward to seeing us continue to treat it this way, even with the reduced restrictions."
The design of our new off-stream storage structure remains a top priorityEric Noakes
Last month, Council resolved to award the design consultancy package for our new off-stream storage to Hunter h20.
"This engagement is currently due for completion early 2021," said Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes.
"Council is currently assessing any potential impact from the emerging COVID-19 situation on this design program and will provide the community more details on the project in the weeks ahead.
"The design of our new off-stream storage structure remains a top priority.
"We look forward to sharing more project details with you soon, and are committed to delivering this project successfully for the future water security of Walcha."