As has now been widely covered, all areas of Goulburn and Marulan with reticulated water have moved to amber level water restrictions, which is the second level within Council's Water Use Policy.
The region has been on green level restrictions, which is our permanent water conservation level, with a target consumption of 270 litres per person per day. Drought it hitting our region hard, and we all need to do our bit to conserve more water as we head into what is predicted to be a hot summer.
At the moment we are in a fortunate position with water supply security stronger than much of NSW at the moment. In comparison with other cities and regions our residents do a great job, but council is now asking the community to take extra steps to conserve our most important resource. Under amber level restrictions the target consumption is 230 litres per person per day.
The Highland Source Pipeline is now being extensively utilised, which is just over four mega litres per day. This equates to over a third of our city's daily water use, and will be critically important to Goulburn if the drought continues throughout 2020.
Under amber level restrictions, use of Goulburn and Marulan water supply is restricted to:
Hand held hose with a control nozzle or bucket can only be used between 5pm and 10am to water plants and lawns
Watering systems and hose sprinklers can only be used between 5pm and 10am on weekends
Paths, driveways and hard surfaces cannot be cleaned. In extraordinary circumstances, for example following a health threatening incident, a hose can be used to assist to clean up
Vehicles can be washed at any time on a lawn or porous surface using a hose with a control nozzle, bucket or low volume high pressure machine
Private pools can only be filled when a water offset plan for that residence has been met, including the mandatory use of a pool cover when the pool is not in use. For further details see Council's Water Use Policy
No plans for paid parking
After spotting a rumour in last week's letters to the editor I would like to again confirm there are no plans to introduce paid street parking around Goulburn Base Hospital, or in any other part of Goulburn.
Information regarding the Goulburn Hospital Precinct Parking during construction of the new hospital is available to view on our website - a reminder that we have extended the non-enforcement period until Monday 6th January 2020.
Furthermore, NSW Health have advised that 'Further car parking planning will be undertaken, leading to a plan that will be incorporated into the overall project. Some buildings along the western boundary of the Goulburn Base Hospital site will be demolished including the existing Maternity Ward, allowing for more parking. The plans include better distribution and an increase in on-site car parking spots.'