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Water restrictions are being expanded with Stage 1 coming into force in Launceston and surrounding areas.

As from today Friday January 22, the Greater Launceston area will be covered by the restrictions extending to the towns north to Low Head including George Town, communities on the West Tamar and also Carrick, Hadspen and Lilydale to the east.

Furthermore several other towns already on stage one restrictions are being moved to more stringent Stage 2 restrictions.

These towns are Bridport, Currie on King Island, Flinders Island’s Whitemark, Colebrook in the Southern Midlands and Swansea on the East Coast.

Glen Jameson, TasWater’s General Manager Operations and Maintenance says data coming from many catchments, storages and rivers show supplies continuing to diminish and community consumption of water is high.

“For Launceston, stream levels in the North Esk and the St. Patricks River which supply the main water treatment plants of Chimney Saddle and Distillery Creek indicate restrictions are the best way to ensure supply can be sustained.

“Already the low flow levels which normally would not be expected until at least February are being recorded in these rivers, indicating just how dry things really are.

“The inflow into some of Launceston’s water treatment plants is close to being just enough to meet the demand on the water network.

“However TasWater is confident it can manage the situation and part of that is the implementation of Stage 1 water restrictions.”

TasWater is also reconfiguring water distribution around the city and some customers in Launceston and George Town may notice a change in the taste of the water because of the alternative supply.

Stage 1 restrictions are designed to reduce non-essential water use by 20 per cent.

“They mainly cover garden watering, restricting it to the early morning or evening and cutting down on the use a hose to wash the car or hosing down concrete driveways.”

Glen Jameson says the restrictions are aimed at cutting demand so TasWater can ensure water supply for all domestic purposes is maintained.

“Although it is dry, we are confident water supplies can be sustained and I ask everyone to help conserve water by minimising none essential use.”

For those towns moving to Stage 2 restrictions, the aim is to cut non-essential water use by 50 per cent.

For Stage 2 restrictions, garden watering can only happen early in the morning or the evening and only on alternate days.

Cars can only be washed at home with a bucket or at commercial carwash with hosing down of concrete areas banned except during construction or as a health and safety measure.

As well as these restrictions, water conservation measures like cutting back on shower times, not running taps unnecessarily in the kitchen or bathroom and making sure washing machines and dishwashers are full before turning them on can all help.

“During this time of water shortages, every water saving measure, regardless of how small, does help” Glen Jameson said.

Full details of water restrictions are on the TasWater website, and water saving suggestions are also available on the website under our ‘Save Each Drop’ banner.

The main impacts of Stage 2 Water Restrictions are:

 You cannot water your lawns

 You can water your garden on odd numbered calendar days if your property has an odd numbered street address

 You can water your garden on even numbered calendar days if your property has an even numbered street address.

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