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There are no current water restrictions for the Tweed.

There are no current water restrictions for the Tyalgum or Uki water supply schemes, however carting water from both schemes continues to be banned.

For ways you can save water around your home, see Save Water Indoors or Save Water Outdoors.

Residential water use

Current: 170L

Target: 160L

Litres per person per day

Level 1 residential water restrictions
In place if the dam reaches around 90% capacity

Banned

  • Watering lawns
  • Water play toys
  • Sprinklers/soaker hoses

Limited use

  • Boats and trailers used in salt water – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle, 10 mins only.
  • House cleaning - Commercial cleaners only when property is for sale/lease.
  • Fishponds/aquariums – Top-up to keep fish alive only.
  • Swimming pool top-up – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle, before 9am or after 4pm only.
  • New turf – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle, before 9am or after 4pm only:
    • Up to 1 hour on day of install.
    • 60 mins only for next 14 days.

Allowed – every 2nd day odds/evens* before 9am or after 4pm

  • Gardens – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle 60 mins only.
  • Gardens – Low-flow microspray/drip irrigation 15 mins only.
  • Cars – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle.

Odds/evens watering days

* Odd/even days correspond to odd/even house numbers, i.e. odd house numbers permitted on each odd date of the month and vice versa. No watering allowed on the 31st of the month.

Buckets or watering cans – allowed anytime

  • Dog washing
  • Gardens
  • Cars

Level 2 residential water restrictions
In place if the dam reaches around 75% capacity

Level 2 water restrictions PDF thumbnail

Banned

  • Watering lawns
  • Outdoor showers (beach showers have been turned off)
  • Water play toys
  • Sprinklers/soaker hoses

Limited use

  • Boats and trailers used in salt water – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle, 10 mins only.
  • House cleaning - Commercial cleaners only when property is for sale/lease.
  • Fishponds/aquariums – Top-up to keep fish alive only.
  • Swimming pool top-up – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle, before 9am or after 4pm only.
  • New turf – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle, before 9am or after 4pm only:
    • Up to 1 hour on day of install.
    • 30 mins only for next 7 days.

Allowed – every 2nd day odds/evens* before 9am or after 4pm

  • Gardens – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle 30 mins only.
  • Gardens – Low-flow microspray/drip irrigation 15 mins only.
  • Cars – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle 10 mins only.

Odds/evens watering days

* Odd/even days correspond to odd/even house numbers, i.e. odd house numbers permitted on each odd date of the month and vice versa. No watering allowed on the 31st of the month.

Buckets or watering cans – allowed anytime

  • Dog washing
  • Gardens
  • Cars

Level 3 residential water restrictions
In place if the dam reaches around 65% capacity

Banned

  • Watering lawns
  • Swimming pool/spa top-ups (you can maintain a minimum water level to avoid structural damage only)
  • Fishponds/aquariums (you can maintain a minimum water level to keep fish alive only)
  • Outdoor showers (beach showers have been turned off)
  • Water play toys
  • Sprinklers/soaker hoses
  • Irrigation and micro-spray systems

Limited use

  • Boats and trailers used in salt water – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle 5 mins only
  • House wash – Registered commercial cleaners only for health and safety reasons
  • New turf – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle 30 minutes on day of install then 15 mins only on odds/even system for next 7 days before 9am or after 4pm (that is, water only four times in total)

Allowed – every 2nd day odds/evens* before 9am or after 4pm

  • Gardens – Hand-held hose with on/off trigger nozzle 10 mins only
  • Cars – Low-flow pressure cleaner 5 minutes only

Odds/evens watering days

* Odd/even days correspond to odd/even house numbers, i.e. odd house numbers permitted on each odd date of the month and vice versa. No watering allowed on the 31st of the month.

Buckets or watering cans – allowed anytime

  • Dog / pet washing
  • Gardens

Level 4 residential water restrictions
In place if the dam reaches around 60% capacity

Banned

  • Watering lawns
  • Swimming pool/spa top-ups (you can maintain a minimum water level to avoid structural damage only)
  • Fishponds/aquariums (you can maintain a minimum water level to keep fish alive only)
  • Garden watering (you can use greywater but Health Dept advises not on edible plants)
  • Outdoor showers (beach showers have been turned off)
  • Water play toys
  • Sprinklers/soaker hoses
  • Irrigation and micro-spray systems
  • New turf install
  • House wash, and any elements thereof, roof, paths, external walls, driveways
  • Washing cars and vehicles
  • Washing boats, trailers and other vehicles used in saltwater

Buckets or watering cans – allowed anytime

  • Dog / pet washing

Fines for not complying with water restrictions

Failing to comply with water restrictions may result in a $220 fine. Repeated misuse of water may result in the water service being restricted and in extreme cases, disconnected. Please contact Council to report any breach of water restrictions.

Rainwater tanks

Having a rainwater tank does not exempt you from water restrictions:

  • water restrictions apply for properties with rainwater tanks connected to town supply (nearly all rainwater tanks in urban areas)
  • water restrictions apply for properties with rainwater tanks topped up by water carters.
Find out more about rainwater tanks.

Water carting

Carting water from the Tweed water supply at Bray Park is permitted to areas both within and outside the shire. Carting water from the Tyalgum and Uki water supplies is not permitted.

Water Carters in the Tweed Shire (38kB PDF)

Frequently asked questions

What do water restrictions mean?
What happens if I ignore water restrictions?
Will Council be fining people who breach the penalties?
Who can fine people?
My neighbour's lawn is very green – what should I do?
What is meant by odds/evens system?
How many other councils have imposed water restrictions?
Do water restrictions apply to businesses?
What about businesses that rely on water as a key input?
Can I buy water from a water carter?
Can rural residents buy water from Council?
Is there any financial assistance available to residents on tankwater who need to buy water?
Is Council monitoring fill-up points for water carters wasting water?
Is there any restriction on the use of bore water?
Has Council been caught flat-footed on implementing water restrictions?
Why did Council delay introducing water restrictions?
Why is Council now bringing forward water restrictions?
What will Council do with the revenue raised from enforcing water restrictions?
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