As dam drops, restrictions get tighter for Oberon gardeners

DOWN, DOWN: Oberon Dam has fallen below 40 per cent capacity, prompting an increase in water restrictions, including the banning of fixed hoses and sprinklers connected to the Oberon reticulated water system.
DOWN, DOWN: Oberon Dam has fallen below 40 per cent capacity, prompting an increase in water restrictions, including the banning of fixed hoses and sprinklers connected to the Oberon reticulated water system.

LEVEL two water restrictions have kicked in as the Oberon Dam level continues to drop.

The dam has fallen to 39.71 per cent, prompting Oberon Council general manager Gary Wallace to introduce the tougher restrictions.

For residential gardens, level two restrictions mean fixed hoses and sprinklers connected to the Oberon reticulated water system are banned.

Micro-sprays can be used for 15 minutes and handheld hoses for two hours every second day, outside the hours of 8am to 4pm, on odd or even days matching the house numbering system.

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Council says the community's awareness of and contribution to water efficiency is acknowledged and residents are reminded that during dry periods, a further reduction in consumption is required to sustain the community's water supply.

Level three water restrictions will begin if the Oberon Dam level falls below 25 per cent.

In June 2010, Oberon was on level six water restrictions when the dam was at 10.11.per cent capacity.