TURNING OFF THE TAP: Southern Downs residents will need to adhere to medium water restrictions from next week.
TURNING OFF THE TAP: Southern Downs residents will need to adhere to medium water restrictions from next week. Lyndon Keane

Region to ramp up water restrictions from next week

FOLLOWING the State Government's decision to add the Southern Downs to the drought declared list last week, the region will be moving from permanent to medium level water restrictions from next week.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said the council had been discussing a change in restrictions for a while.

"We haven't had a lot of summer rain and our urban usage has been high throughout summer,” Cr Dobie said.

"We feel it is time to start saying to the community that we have to do our bit to make the best with the water resources we have.”

The target water consumption for each person every day will now be a maximum of 200 litres.

Some outdoor water use times have been restricted to specific times on allocated days, which is determined by street address.

Odd house numbers may use water outdoors on odd number calendar dates and even house numbers can use water on even calendar dates.

From May to September, water can be used outdoors from 7-9am and 4-6pm on allocated days.

From October to April, outdoor water usage times are between 6-8am and 5-7pm.

Cr Dobie said asking residents to take responsibility for their water usage was a positive step.

"Moving from permanent to medium water restrictions is also about educating our community,” she said.

"How much are we letting run down our drain that we aren't using?

"That's the water I want us to be thinking about.”

In the near future, the council will provide free shower timers and a sprinkler replacement scheme to provide water efficient sprinklers to residents, as well as a showerhead exchange program where the community can swap old shower heads for free water efficient ones.

For more information, visit the website sdrc.qld.gov.au.