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Water restrictions in effect in the Lower Hunter from 16 September, 2019

Level 1 water restrictions will commence in the Lower Hunter (Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Dungog and some parts of Singleton) on Monday, 16 September 2019.

It is the first time in 25 years that water restrictions will apply in the region. These restrictions are in response to the worst drought on record for NSW. The Bureau of Meteorology long term forecast indicates that there are no significant rain events expected in the short-term. 

The NGINA has been working closely with Hunter Water throughout the consultation period regarding water restrictions. The introduction of Level 1 water restrictions forms an important part of Hunter Water’s drought response to help reduce demand on the water supply.

Hunter Water
 is focused on working with industry and the NGINA encourages businesses to apply for exemptions as soon as possible to ensure that nurseries can continue to operate as normal.

WATER RESTRICTIONS

Businesses who use over 10 million litres [ML] will need to develop or demonstrate a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP). This will identify water savings within those businesses and identify where water is crucial to their operations.   

If you are a business that uses less than 10 ML of water a year, you are required to comply with the general Level 1 water restrictions that apply to residential use. Businesses who are unable to comply with the Level 1 water restrictions due to a business critical need can apply to Hunter Water for an exemption.

If Level 2 water restrictions commence, you will be required to prepare a WEMP. Further instructions will be provided should Level 2 restrictions be introduced.

Fines will apply from 16 December, 2019.

[Download FACT SHEET ON WATER RESTRICTIONS]

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN EXEMPTION

Nurseries
Businesses who are unable to comply with the Level 1 water restrictions due to a business critical need can apply to Hunter Water for an exemption.

This is an opportunity to outline how you are using water efficiently in other ways (e.g. an efficient irrigation system, rainwater tank, recycled water, etc), which will be taken into account.

Visit hunterwater.com.au/restrictions and fill in the online form.

Landscapers
Where you are undertaking work on someone else’s property, you can apply for the exemption on behalf of the home owner.

Visit hunterwater.com.au/restrictions and fill in the online form.

Hunter Water aims to process exemption applications within 10 business days.

Further information at available at :https://hunterwater.com.au/Save-Water/Water-Restrictions/Water-Restrictions.aspx