Whitemark to enter stage 1 water restrictions

Whitemark to enter stage 1 water restrictions

Whitemark on Flinders Island will be placed on stage 1 water restrictions from Monday, 29 April 2024 to help manage water supply to the town.

Head of Communications and Engagement Callan Paske said stage 1 restrictions required only small changes to how people used water, but even small changes could have a significant impact on the amount of water available in the system.

“This year has seen the driest February and March on record for Whitemark, so implementing these restrictions will help us ensure water is available when residents, businesses and visitors turn on their taps,” Mr Paske said.

Stage 1 restrictions aim to reduce non-essential water use by 20 per cent by encouraging more conscious use of water at home and at work.

“These restrictions are focused on using less water outside the home on things like watering lawns, hosing down paving or concrete, and washing cars.”

In late 2022, TasWater completed a project to more than double the capacity of Henderson Dam providing additional water security to the residents of Whitemark.

“The upgrade to Henderson Dam allowed Whitemark residents access to water through the summer period.

“The old dam would have been bone dry by now, and water restrictions would have been needed much earlier,” Mr Paske said.

Notices will be placed in The Examiner newspaper and on TasWater’s website to inform Whitemark residents of the restrictions.

Targeted social media posts will also be used to inform the community.

TasWater will continue to monitor dam levels and keep customers up to date should further restrictions be required.

Click here for water saving tips.

Click here for details on water restrictions.

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