The Clarrie Hall Dam water catchment area.
The Clarrie Hall Dam water catchment area. Contributed

Council warns water restrictions in the pipeline

RESIDENTS have been urged to conserve water despite this week's wet weather.

A Tweed Shire Council statement said while it was going to rain this week, a prolonged dry spell is forecast to continue across the country.

Acting manager of water and waste-water Rob Siebert said council had recently released water from Clarrie Hall Dam to maintain sufficient environment flows at Bray Park Weir, while still providing for the Tweed District Water Supply.

"These releases are likely to continue so we can fully expect the level of Clarrie Hall Dam to fall," Mr Siebert said.

"In the Tweed we are fortunate as Clarrie Hall Dam is still 99 per cent full. Looking to the coming months the latest climate outlook and forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology is for a dry spring.

"We all need to start conserving water now to avoid, or at least delay, water restrictions if rain doesn't come."

In the Tweed, water restrictions are triggered when the dam falls to 75 per cent capacity.

Level one restrictions aim to reduce consumption by 15 per cent.

If the dam falls to 40 per cent capacity, the highest level of restrictions is triggered which is aimed at reducing consumption by 30 per cent.

"Our water consumption figure in the Tweed is going in the wrong direction and we all need to reset the goal to Target 160 litres per person per day to conserve this precious resource," Mr Siebert said.

"In June 2013, the average Tweed resident was using 179 litres of water a day, now, they are using almost 200 litres of water a day.

"We ask all residents to reset their commitment to target 160 litres to avoid, or at least delay, water restrictions if this drought continues."

For tips on how you can save water and Target 160, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/WaterSavingTips