The county council supplying water to Cootamundra and surrounding towns, Goldenfields Water (GWCC), announced yesterday it would impose level 1 water restrictions, effective from today, Friday January 10.
GWCC chair Dennis Palmer said the council had been prompted to introduce the restrictions because of the unprecedented demand for electrical power in the current record heat conditions.
The council uses large amounts of electricity to pump water from the Burrinjuck and Murrumbidgee schemes, and with everyone running air conditioning at full tilt on the hottest day on record, the electrical grid needed to be protected.
"All customers supplied with water by GWCC can be assured we have ample water supplies to meet the future community and rural demands," Mr Palmer said.
"However it is prudent that these restrictions be imposed while weather conditions remain unchanged."
For householders, the restrictions will prohibit the use of fixed hoses or sprinklers between 10am and 5pm every day, but permit the use of hand-held hoses.
There will be no restrictions on swimming pools or spas or the washing of cars.
However hosing of pavement or concrete will be prohibited from 10am-5pm.
For public and commercial water users, the use of fixed hoses, sprays and fixed sprinklers will be prohibited from 10am-5pm.
Crop spraying and water carting and washing vehicles will be allowed, but hosing pavement or concrete will not, from 10am - 5pm.
Mr Palmer said GWCC had not taken the decision lightly and recognised the outstanding commitment to water conservation already being displayed by customers.
"This was evident from their support and immediate action from our recent Oura water supply incident," he said.
In October 2019, Goldenfields implemented water saving measures across the entire scheme and have been closely monitoring data over the summer months.
Water consumption across the council's five treatment systems is still below allocation, but considering the current climate conditions and protection of vital infrastructure, it had been decided to impose level 1 restrictions for all customers, Mr Palmer said.
The GWCC area, covering 23,000 square kilometres and supplying 43,000 customers, is one of the last areas in NSW to have restrictions.