Flows have dropped dramatically in the Bellinger River
Flows have dropped dramatically in the Bellinger River Trevor Veale

Council to impose severe water restrictions

BELLINGEN Shire Council has this afternoon announced that severe level 4 water restrictions will be imposed across the local government area. 

Level 4 water restrictions are triggered when the flow in the Bellinger River reaches 5 ML/day, and currently the flow in the Bellinger River is 3.7 ML/day, the council said.

Bellingen Shire Council said level 4 water restrictions will be imposed in the shire.
Bellingen Shire Council said level 4 water restrictions will be imposed in the shire.

● The use of sprinklers, soaker hoses and hand-held hoses are banned;
● No washing of cars;
● No filling of pools or washing of houses or driveways

"Should the flows in the Bellinger drop below 2.5 ML/day emergency water restrictions will need to be imposed," the council advised. 

A Water Restrictions Table outlining what is permitted in all levels of water restriction can be found here.