PEOPLE who don’t abide by water restrictions risk receiving a penalty infringement notice of $220, but one day in, that’s not Bathurst Regional Council’s top priority.
Water restrictions were imposed in Bathurst for the first time in more than 20 years on Monday, limiting the days, timing and duration of watering.
Businesses and other organisations, like schools and childcare facilities, are being asked to comply with water restrictions as well.
If unable to comply, they will be asked to complete a Non-Residential Exemption application and undertake a water efficiency plan.
Director of Engineering Services, Darren Sturgiss, acknowledged that it would take time to get used to restrictions, therefore council’s focus was on education and awareness at this time.
“At this early stage council is relying on support from the community in using water appropriately as outlined in the restrictions,” he said.
“Council acknowledges that it may take some time for residents and businesses to adjust to the implementation of water restrictions and therefore will only be reminding residents of their responsibilities in the initial stages.”
As part of its education campaign, council will utilise print media, radio, its own website and social media channels to inform residents of their responsibilities.
“A letter box drop is also included in this campaign and printed information has been made available at council facilities,” Mr Sturgiss said.
While residents can report serious breaches to council, by calling 6333 6111, people are encouraged to give a gentle reminder to their neighbours in the first instance.
Mr Sturgiss said that water restrictions were necessary to conserve drinking water.
“Chifley Dam is at the lowest point coming into summer since the dam wall was raised in 2001,” he said.
“As the weather warms water consumption will increase, therefore Council has taken the required action in a bid to reduce water consumption and conserve water supplies.”