Water restrictions

Water restrictions in the Byron Shire are the same as those set out by Rous County Council, the regional water supply authority.

These restrictions also apply to Mullumbimby which sources its water from the Lavertys Gap weir. 

Current water restrictions  

Level three water restrictions are in effect for Mullumbimby, as of 11 November 2019.

The water restrictions will remain in force for Mullumbimby residents and businesses until further notice. Water restrictions are enforceable and penalties apply. Fines of $220 will apply to individuals and $550 for businesses who don’t comply with the restrictions. 

Water Saving Measures for level three water restrictions 

View the table of Water Saving Measures at each Water Restriction Level on the Rous Water website.

A list of water saving measures for level three water restrictions provided by Rous Water is available on this page.

Public Facilities (including Sports Clubs) – Outdoor Use

  • Public swimming pools. Topping up permitted if required to reduce structural damage or ensure filter efficiency, between 4pm - 9am using hand-held hose with on/off nozzle.
  • Emptying and refilling of pools not permitted. 
  • Public water play facilities. Operation or top up not permitted unless water is recirculated. Log of water use required. 
  • Irrigation of golf fairways. Not permitted. 
  •  Cricket pitches, tennis courts, bowling greens and golf greens. Sprinklers or hand-held hoses permitted 15mins per day between 5.00am and 7.00am. Alternative times to be approved by Council.
  • Public outdoor showers, beach showers and outdoor taps. Permitted.
  • Not permitted.

 

Residential Urban and Rural Premises – Outdoor Use

  • Watering gardens with cans or buckets permitted at any time. Hand-held hoses can be used for a maximum of 10 minutes every second day, between 4.00pm and 9.00am on odd or even days matching house numbering system. All hand-held hoses must be fitted with an on/off nozzle. Other irrigation and unattended hoses banned.
  • Watering of established lawns not permitted.
  • Watering of new turf, lawns and gardens is permitted for 30 mins only on the day of establishment. Then 15 mins every second day, between 4.00pm and 9.00am on odd or even days matching house numbering system for seven days after the date of establishment.
  • Topping up and refilling of existing swimming pools and spas is permitted if required to reduce structural damage between 4:00 and 9.00am using hand held hose fitted with an on/off nozzle. Emptying and refilling of pools/spas not permitted.
  • Filling of new swimming pools and spas is permitted if required to avoid structural damage.  Prior Council approval lis needed.  Rainwater tank must be used for pool/spa top-up.
  • Water play tools, toys and slides is not permitted.
  • Washing pets and pet pens with bucket permitted between 4.00pm and 9.00am.  Use of hoses not permitted.
  • Operation or top up of fountains, ponds, water features, outdoor aquaria is not permitted except to maintain fish life. Installation and filling of new facilities not permitted.
  • Washing of driveways, paved areas, roofs, walls, windows and paths is not permitted except for health and safety reasons by registered cleaning businesses only.
  • Car/vehicle washing. Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control permitted for five minutes between 4.00pm and 9.00am on odd or even days matching house numbering system.
  • Washing of boats, boat motors and trailers used in salt water permitted for five minutes at any time. 

Business and Commercial Premises - Outdoor Use

  • Existing swimming pools and spas. Topping permitted if required to reduce structural damage or ensure filter efficiency, between 4:00pm and 9:00am using hand-held hose fitted with on-off nozzle.  Log of water use required.  Emptying and refilling of pools not permitted.
  • New swimming pools and spas. Filling permitted if required to reduce structural damage or ensure filter efficiency.  Prior approval of Council is needed.  Rainwater tank must be provided for pool/spa top up.
  • Water play facilities, water parks. Operation or top up not permitted unless water is recirculated. Log of water use required.
  • Fountains, ponds, water features, outdoor aquariums. Operation or top up not permitted except to maintain fish life.  Installation and filling of new facilities not permitted.
  • Irrigation of sports grounds, playing fields and golf fairways. Not permitted.
  • Cricket pitches, tennis courts, bowling greens and golf greens. Sprinklers or hand-held hoses permitted 15 minutes per day between 5.00am and 7.00am. Alternative times to be approved by Council.
  • Garden watering - not permitted.
  • Watering of established lawns. Not permitted.
  • Watering of new turf, lawns and gardens. Watering-in permitted for 30 minutes only on the day of establishment. Then 15 minutes every second day between 4.00pm and 9.00am on odd or even days matching house numbering system for seven days after the date of establishment.
  • Pet care, animal husbandry. Provision of drinking water permitted. Washing animals with bucket or hand-held hose fitted with an on/off nozzle permitted between 4.00pm and 9.00am. Cleaning of pens with high pressure cleaning unit permitted.
  • Commercial car wash. Water must be recirculated and efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used. Log of water use required.
  • Motor vehicle dealers, car detailing/repair. Buckets permitted.  Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control permitted every second day between 6:00am and 8:00am on odd or even days matching house numbering system. Log of water use required.
  • Washing of buses, taxis, food transport, emergency services, garbage vehicles. Buckets permitted.  Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control permitted every second day between 6:00am and 8:00am on odd or even days matching house numbering system. Log of water use required.
  • Washing of driveways, paved areas, roofs, walls and paths. Not permitted for any other reason except for health and safety reasons by registered cleaning businesses only.
  • Window cleaning. Buckets permitted at any time. Hand-held hoses or high pressure cleaners not permitted.
  • Road works and land development. Permitted for essential compaction and dust suppression only.  Encourage use on non-potable supplies.
  • Cleaning of construction sites. Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used.
  • Market gardens, orchards, nurseries, commercial flower gardens, turf farms. Sprinklers or sprays permitted 30 minutes per day between 5.00am and 7.00am and/or 5.00pm and 7.00pm. Council approval required for alternative times.
  • All non-residential potable water use. All users are required to conserve water in accordance with the Level 3 water saving measures.