As the drought worsens, the Moree Plains Shire Council has been forced to introduce Level Four water restrictions for Boggabilla, Mungindi and Weemelah.
Adding to the concern is weather forecasts which predict a drier than average November. The restrictions came into effect on Monday.
"Council has been monitoring water consumption for some time. Residents across the Shire and in particular, the communities of Boggabilla, Mungindi and Weemelah, have noticeably acted with diligence when it comes to water usage and these efforts are to be commended," said Council's Acting General Manager Mitchell Johnson. However an update from the NSW Drought Task Group has informed Council that November is showing strong chances of being much drier than usual and that rainfall is likely to be below average for the remainder of 2019 and early 2020.
"This has necessitated the introduction of increased water restrictions," Mr Johnson said.
For household water users, the following restrictions apply: Hand held hoses only to be used when watering lawns and gardens. Watering may only take place between 6am - 8am and 6pm - 8pm during summer. Buckets and recycled water may be used at any time; Paved and concrete surfaces are not to be washed down; Covered pools may only be topped up using hand held hoses during the hours allowed for general watering noted above; Car washing can only occur at commercial car washes that recycle water; Only water from a bucket can be used while undertaking home extensions or landscaping; Water can only be carted for domestic purposes; Washing of clothes is only permitted with full loads, adhering to the odds and even system; Households with odd street numbers are permitted to use their washing machine on odd dates; Households with even street numbers are permitted to use their washing machine on even dates. For full details of restriction inluding commercial use go to Council's website www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au within its Water Supply Schemes Drought Management Plan.