Current Water Restrictions in the Tamworth Region

Attunga is currently on level 1 water restrictions.

This means:

  • Sprinklers, sprays, microjet sprays and fixed hoses are allowed for two hours only per day, 5pm to 7pm.
  • Hand-held hoses can be used between 4pm to 9am.
  • No washdown of hard surfaces unless using a high-pressure cleaner.
  • Vehicles can be washed any time if using a high-pressure cleaner.
  • Recycled, greywater and rainwater can be used. Rainwater tanks can only be approved by Council and a sign issued if they are stand-alone and not able to be switched to the treated supply.
  • Pools can be filled and topped up.

Barraba is currently on permanent water conservation measures.

This means:

  • Permanent Water Conservation Measures are always in place when there are no actual water restrictions.
  • Use of sprinklers, sprays, microsprays and fixed hoses is not allowed during the heat of the day, which means watering must take place between 4pm to 9am Eastern Standard Time and 6pm to 8am Daylight Saving Time.
  • Hand-held hoses with trigger nozzles, and buckets or watering cans, may used for watering of lawns, gardens and vehicle-washing at any time.
  • Trigger nozzles must be used on all hoses to help conserve supplies and avoid waste.
  • No washdown of hard surfaces unless using a high-pressure cleaner.

Bendemeer is currently on level 3 water restrictions.

This means:

  • All use of sprinklers is banned – including sprinklers, sprays, microjet sprays, fixed hoses and subsurface dripper systems.
  • Handheld hoses for 15 minutes only per property within the two hour window of 5pm to 7pm Eastern Standard Time or 6pm to 8pm Daylight Saving Time.
  • No washdown of hard surfaces outdoors, including pressure cleaners.
  • Pools can be filled during 15 minutes of allowed hose time.
  • All previously issued Water Management Plans are now inactive.
  • Recycled, greywater and rainwater can be used. Rainwater tanks can only be approved by Council and a sign issued if they are stand-alone and not able to be switched to the treated supply.
  • Buckets and watering cans can be used within the two hour window without limitation.

Manilla is currently on level 3 water restrictions.

This means:

  • All use of sprinklers is banned – including sprinklers, sprays, microjet sprays, fixed hoses and subsurface dripper systems.
  • Handheld hoses for 15 minutes only per property within the two hour window of 5pm to 7pm Eastern Standard Time or 6pm to 8pm Daylight Saving Time.
  • No washdown of hard surfaces outdoors, including pressure cleaners.
  • Pools can be filled during 15 minutes of allowed hose time.
  • All previously issued Water Management Plans are now inactive.
  • Recycled, greywater and rainwater can be used. Rainwater tanks can only be approved by Council and a sign issued if they are stand-alone and not able to be switched to the treated supply.
  • Buckets and watering cans can be used within the two hour window without limitation.

Nundle is currently on level 4 water restrictions.

This means:

  • All residential outdoor use of treated / town / Council water is now banned.
  • Recycled, greywater and rainwater can be used.
  • Recycled, greywater and rainwater can be used. Rainwater tanks can only be approved by Council and a sign issued if they are stand-alone and not able to be switched to the treated supply.
  • Trickle feed tanks that are connected to the town water supply for refilling cannot be used for outdoor watering.
  • There is no irrigation of outdoor industrial and commercial green spaces.
  • Cleaning of vehicle windows, windscreens, number plates and mirrors can be done for safety and regulatory purposes with buckets only.
  • Pools cannot be filled or topped up.

Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal are currently on level 5 water restrictions.

This means:

  • All residential outdoor use of treated / town / Council water is banned.
  • Recycled, greywater and rainwater can be used. Rainwater tanks can only be approved by Council. A sign will be issued if they are stand-alone and not able to be switched to the treated supply.
  • Trickle feed tanks that are connected to the town water supply for refilling cannot be used for outdoor watering.
  • There is no irrigation of outdoor industrial and commercial green spaces.
  • Cleaning of vehicle windows, windscreens, number plates and mirrors can be done for safety and regulatory purposes with buckets only.
  • Pools cannot be filled or topped up.
  • Evaporative air conditioners can be used, but as efficiently and moderately as possible.

Facts about Water Restrictions

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What water restrictions mean for Council

Irrigation of Council’s Category 1 and 2 parks, gardens, reserves and playing fields continues in accordance with the Drought Management Plan at Level 3 water restrictions.

At Level 4 Council will cease to irrigate public parks, gardens, roundabouts and sporting facilities with treated water, but bore / groundwater can continue to be used where available.