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Water Restrictions Still a Possibility in Central Gippsland

Gippsland Water has announced that there is still a possibility of water restrictions being imposed in Central Gippsland.

By Gippsland Water - 23rd April 2001 - Back to News

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Despite the high levels of rainfall experienced over the weekend, Gippsland Water has announced that there is still a possibility of water restrictions being imposed in Central Gippsland. Significant rainfall has improved the situation in the Moondarra catchment, however unless this continues Gippsland Water may be left with little option but to enforce restrictions. The Gippsland Water Board is closely monitoring water levels and demand.

Chief Executive Officer Mr. John Mitchell said, “The lack of rain has been putting all of our water systems under stress. The rain over the last few days is definitely welcome, however the further worry is that the forecast for the next three months predicts below average rainfall for this period. The present rain is definitely helping the situation however it would be incorrect for customers to assume there is no possibility of restrictions in the near future.”

Daily monitoring indicates that water levels in Moondarra Reservoir, which supplies Central Gippsland, were continuing to decrease prior to the recent rain. Mr. Mitchell added, “At this stage only customers at Boolarra have official water restrictions in place, however, unless demand for water drops, restrictions may be our only option of securing supply.”

“Water availability is an important community issue. We all have a responsibility in ensuring that our water supplies are shared equitably & fairly amongst all users,” Mr Mitchell added.

To help ease the situation, residents of Central Gippsland are asked to pursue water wise practices over the coming weeks. Installing good water conservation measures around the home will definitely help to ease some of the pressure on our water supply system.

Simple ways in which customers can assist include:
  • Checking and repairing all leaking taps;
  • Not leaving the tap running when brushing teeth and shaving;
  • Only running full loads of the washing machine and dishwasher, and
  • Avoiding watering gardens and lawns in the middle of the day.

Gippsland Water will keep the community informed concerning the potential for water restrictions with Gippsland Water requesting all of its customers to adopt water wise practices in the meantime. “I believe that the very dry conditions which have prevailed over the past three to four years has forced people to review the manner in which they use water and most people are adopting water wise practices. However there are still those people who fail to see the community obligation they have in regard to water conservation. We are therefore making an impassioned plea for all consumers to look at their water usage for the benefit of themselves and other community members. Enforcing water restrictions is something Gippsland Water does not take lightly,” Mr. Mitchell concluded.


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