Braidwood water restrictions relaxed to level three

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has announced it will relax water restrictions in Braidwood following recent rainfall that has seen the Shoalhaven River resume flowing.

From Friday, February 14 the restrictions will be eased to level three.

Level four restrictions came into effect in Braidwood on January 10 when an extended dry period saw the Shoalhaven River reduce to just pools and ponds.

Mayor Tim Overall said that while the rain came as a welcome relief, residents were still required to be mindful of consumption.

"The flowing Shoalhaven River means we can resume pumping to our off-river storage dam in the coming days when the first flush of ash and debris in the river settles. Our aim will be to restore the off-river dam to 100 per cent capacity if possible.

"With the dam full and the river flowing, Braidwood's water security will be increased and the community will get some relief from the relatively harsh restrictions that have been in place.

"But that doesn't mean restrictions have been lifted all together. We still need further rainfall over an extended period before any further easing of the restrictions.".

Level three restriction sets a 35 per cent reduction target on the long-term average usage for this time of the year. This means a total average daily usage target of 360kl for Braidwood.

The level three restriction means sprinklers still cannot be used and lawns cannot be watered. Gardens can be watered using a watering can or hand-held trigger nozzle. Watering can only be done between 7am and 10am and between 7pm and 10pm on alternate days under the odds and evens system. The system refers to houses with an odd number street address being able to water on odd numbered dates (1, 3, 5 etc) and even numbered houses being able to water on even numbered dates (2, 4, 6 etc).

Level three also means no cleaning of paved areas, buildings or windows unless required due to an accident, fire or health hazard; no filling of water tanks with other than non-potable water; no washing of any vehicle except at commercial car washes that recycle water or hold an exemption; and other restrictions on use of water in construction.

Full details of level three water restrictions for Braidwood are available on the QPRC website at: www.qprc.nsw.gov.au/water-restrictions