Level 1 water restrictions Middlemount

Isaac Regional Council in conjunction with Anglo American advises Middlemount residents that Level 1 water restrictions will come into effect on Monday, December 3, 2018. Due to the current decline rate of Bundoora Dam and Anglo American’s requirements to maintain the continuity of raw water supply to its operations, Council has been requested to reduce the town water supply allocation to Middlemount to 90 per cent.

Water Conservation Measures

Watering days

  • Odd numbered premises water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  • Even numbered premises water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Properties without a Council prescribed street number may water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • The reason for these watering days is to reduce the cost of infrastructure upgrades and operations, keeping the cost of service low.

These measures are best practice and should be used all year round.

  • No hand held hoses between 9am-5pm daily
  • No fixed sprinklers, micro-spray, drip irrigation systems nor unattended hoses between 9am to 5pm daily
  • No watering between 9am-5pm daily
  • Private cars, trucks, boats and motor flushing to be cleaned on grass areas where possible using buckets and a final rise with a water efficient nozzle hose at any time.
  • Gutters should not be cleaned by using a hand-held hose
  • Paths not to be hosed down unless using a bucket and mop or high pressure device. Exceptions: if cleaning is required as a result of accidents, removal of algae growth, moss, etc or prior to painting.

They are not enforceable unless under specific water restrictions level 1-4.

Water restriction levels for private gardens and lawns

Level 1 (low)

  • No watering on any day between 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Watering permitted 5 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 9 pm on watering days with a:
    • Sprinkler
    • Hand-held hose
    • Automated Irrigation System

Level 2 (medium)

  • No watering on any day between 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Watering permitted 5 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 9 pm on watering days with a:
    • Hand-held hose
    • Automated Irrigation System (garden beds only, no grassed areas)

Level 3 (high)

  • No watering on any day between 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Watering permitted 5 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 9 pm on watering days with a:
    • Watering can or bucket

Level 4 (critical)

  • No watering permitted


Application for Exemption for Mobile Water Tankers in Water Restrictions (PDF, 52KB)
Application for Exemption for Residential and Commercial in Water Restrictions (PDF, 513KB)

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Penalties apply for water restrictions - Middlemount, Level 1

While Isaac Regional Council appreciates the efforts of those consumers who have constrained their water use, unfortunately Level 1 water restrictions in Middlemount are not being complied with by everyone.

Council will now need to actively enforce the restrictions to ensure all consumers remain vigilant over their water usage.

Those not complying with the restrictions will receive a letter as a reminder to abide by the level 1 water restrictions.

If this continually is being ignored an on-the-spot fines up to $392 to a residential customer and up to $1958 to businesses or non-residential customers will be issued.

Since level 1 water restrictions were introduced in December 2018, residents and businesses have been using more than we should be.

During level 1 water restrictions in other Isaac communities, Council has seen a 20 per cent reduction in water usage among residents and businesses.

Middlemount’s water consumption has not reduced since Council in conjunction with Anglo American introduced restrictions early December.

When the temperatures rise so does the water use, particularly between October and February.
Water is an important resource in our arid environment and we all need to play a part in conserving it especially during exceptionally dry conditions.

If the water usage does not improve during the level 1 restrictions phase, more restrictions will be introduced.

Visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au/water-restrictions for more information.

Gary Stevenson PSM
Chief Executive Officer

21 January 2018

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