Water Restrictions

12 February 2020 - Level 2 Water Restrictions are now in place for Batlow 

Batlow residents and businesses are asked to reduce their water consumption through simple measures, such as hand held garden watering and limited hours for sprinkler operation.

Under the Level 2 Water Restrictions:

  • Gardens and lawns can only be watered with fixed sprinklers and hoses between 6am and 9am, and 6pm and 9pm daily.
  • Smart and drip irrigation systems may only be used between 9pm and 6am
  • Hosing of hard surfaces including pavements is not permitted, unless in an emergency
  • Cars can only be washed on grass using a hose with trigger nozzle or at a commercial car wash

Low flows are currently being experienced at the Kunama Dam which is the primary source of water for the Batlow township, and whilst there is currently still ample water available in the dam, we need to reduce the demand on the dam now to ensure the longevity of supply.

Businesses and other users may apply for exemptions from the restrictions; these exemptions will be considered by Council on a case-by-case basis

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Click here to download the Batlow Level 2 Water Restrictions Poster(PDF, 191KB)

Click here to download the SVC Water Restrictions Table(PDF, 29KB)


How to conserve water

Reducing our water consumption even when there are no restrictions helps to save water for our future supply.  Changing a little can save a lot!

Here are some ideas on how you can save water with not much effort:

  • Take shorter showers - An average shower uses about 18 litres of water per minute. If you shorten your shower by 2 minutes, you can cut your water use by 36 litres. You can further reduce your water consumption by turning the water off while soaping
  • Change your shower head to a water efficient type - You can save around 9 litres of water every minute by installing a water-saving shower head
  • Turn the taps off when you're brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving
  • If you don't have a fully loaded washing machine, adjust the load setting to suit your washing requirements
  • Fix dripping taps or other water leaks - click here to learn how to read your water meter and to check for leaks
  • Only turn the dishwasher on when it's full. Make sure you use the right settings for different types of wash
  • Collect water in a bowl or jug whenever you need to run the taps, and use it on your garden. Do this when you're waiting for water to heat up or cool down. You can also do this when washing vegetables