AN extended period of dry weather and dropping water levels at Tinaroo Dam have prompted Mareeba Shire Council to impose Level 1 water restrictions.
Currently, Tinaroo is sitting at 49.58 per cent and farmers’ water allocation has been reduced to 60 per cent.
Council moved today that effective immediate Level 1 water restrictions will be imposed for all ratepayers connected to the Council’s water supply. Level 1 water restrictions limit the use of irrigation to between the hours of 6pm and 8am however hand held hoses may be used at any time.
Mayor Tom Gilmore said Council is being proactive about preserving water consumption. “Council moved in recognition of the fact we live in a robust agricultural economy; we are entirely dependent upon water from Tinaroo,” he said.
“Domestic water supply for Mareeba, Dimbulah and Kuranda are all drawn from Tinaroo and Council agreed today that we should, in recognition of the fact that Tinaroo is less than 50 per cent and we are entering an irrigation year, that we will introduce Level 1 water restrictions for domestic use.”
The restrictions are effective immediately however policing will commence from 1 August 2017.