Water Information in the Shire

A range of measures to help secure a reliable water supply for Manjimup are being implemented following months of poor rainfall. 

The town water supply comes from two local dams - Manjimup and Phillips Creek - both of which had received little inflow since 2010.

A persistent drying climate has meant dam levels have dropped to 28 percent, or just 529 million litres.  Well below the annual demand for water in the area, which is about 700 million litres.

The key measures to be implemented are Stage 6 water restrictions, using contingency sources and possibly carting, to secure adequate water supplies to the people of Manjimup.

Stage 6 water restrictions, including sprinkler bans, will apply from 1 September 2012.  Below are the conditions of Stage 6 Water Restrictions.

 

Conditions of Stage 6 Water Restrictions.

Under the Water Agencies by-laws 2010, the conditions of stage 6 water restrictions are as follows:
1. A person must not water a lawn or garden except by –
    a. A handled hose with one outlet; or
    b. A handheld watering can.
2. A person must not water a grass-covered sporting ground except by –
    a. Reticulation during either, but not both, the morning period or the evening period on one or more of 3 days of the week specified in relation to the relevant property in Schedule 3 Division 1; or
    b. A handheld hose with one outlet; or
    c. A handheld watering can.
3. A person must not spray a building site, demolition site (including vacant land resulting from a demolition), path, paved area or road except
    a. With –
        i. A high pressure water cleaner; or
        ii. A handheld hose with one outlet, to the minimum extent necessary for the cleaning of the building, building site, demolition site (including vacant land resulting from a demolition), path, paved area or road so as to avoid a threat to public health or safety; or
    b. With a handheld hose with one outlet to the minimum extent necessary for purposes related to the construction, demolition or repair of building, path, paved area or road.

4. A person must not fill a swimming pool except –
    a. To replace water lost from the pool through evaporation or ordinary use; and
    b. To the minimum extent necessary for the proper functioning of the pool.

5. A person must not water a synthetic sporting ground except for 10 minutes or less before a sport is played or practised on the sporting ground.