Tuesday, 2 January 2007

New Year Water Restrictions

From SA Water

* Hand-held hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle or drip-watering systems may be used on any day, but only before 8am or after 8pm.

* Watering cans and buckets can be used at any time.

* Sprinkler systems can be used on one day a week for three hours in the morning and/or for three hours in the evening in accordance with the following:
- Even numbered properties on Saturday between 5am - 8am and 8pm - 11pm
- Odd numbered properties on Sunday between 5am - 8am and 8pm - 11pm

This will be interesting. At least its still daylight at 8pm and easy enough to get up earlier than 8am but in a months time it will be getting dark earlier and light later.
But by then we may be like most of the other states in Australia and not be able to use hoses outside at all.
Hopefully we will get some more thunderstorm rains to compensate or at least top up our water tanks.
We are saving at the moment to put in a couple more tanks to catch the rain off our large workshop and this water will be used on the gardens.

* A fountain, pond or water feature that doesn’t recycle water must not be operated and must not be topped up unless it supports fish.

* The level of water in a fountain, pond or water feature that recycles water may be topped up only with water from a hand held hose or bucket.

* Fountains, ponds and water features must not be refilled after emptying.

Well this looks like I won't be cleaning my ponds out soon. Just keeping them topped up is difficult enough with our extremely high evaporation rates here.
We have already allowed one pond to empty this season. A large gum tree's roots found their way into it and it required almost constant filling so it had to go. We will see about fixing it up if/when we get sufficient rain to fill it with rainwater from the tank. That's not going to be for a while though.

One of our front ponds. We have these ponds to help cool our house.

The pond in the Main Vegetable Garden.
Photo taken during a wetter season its nowhere near as colourful this year


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