UPPER Hunter Shire Council is reminding residents there will be very little impact on local business under the newly introduced level 1 water restrictions.
The restrictions came into effect at the start of the month in an aim to reduce water consumption as Glenbawn Dam's levels dropped to 51.3 per (Water NSW, June 24).
Council reminded the community that the restrictions also apply for businesses and other organisations including council.
"Level 1 water restrictions are not too restrictive," Council's Director of Infrastructure Services Nick Havyatt said.
"Commercial cleaning and water use in construction are permitted under Level 1.
"Trucks and buses can be washed with high pressure trigger hoses, preferably with some sort of on-site recycling."
Mr Havyatt said council was also taking steps to ensure they use water - even recycled water which they use for parks and gardens - as efficiently as they can.
He said it was great that businesses, including construction, nurseries and cleaning businesses, are contacting council to check they were doing the right thing.
"If we all make an effort, it can make a big difference," he said.
These activities for non-residential water use are permitted:
- Top up and first fill of public swimming pools/spas, including those in motels.
- Irrigation for turf farms, market gardens, nurseries
- Public car and truck wash facilities
- Construction industry eg mortar or concrete mix
- Construction - wash down, paint prep, curing
- Cleaning - exterior permitted with trigger hoses
- Irrigation of public parks and sport and recreation facilities
- Irrigation of new turf permitted for one week after laying after which time restrictions apply
- Watering of lawns and gardens only between 6am to 9am and 6pm to 9pm (during summer Daylight Saving period); and 6am to 10am and 4pm to 10pm (the rest of year).
Level 1 water restrictions are in place in the towns of Aberdeen, Merriwa and Scone and the village of Cassilis, in the Upper Hunter Shire.
Murrurundi remains on level 6 restrictions.
Find more information on water restrictions HERE.