Whitemark to enter stage 2 water restrictions

Whitemark to enter stage 2 water restrictions

Ongoing dry conditions mean Whitemark on Flinders Island will enter stage 2 water restrictions from Friday to maintain water supply in the town.

TasWater Head of Communications and Engagement Callan Paske said the lack of recent rain has the Henderson Dam approaching unprecedented low levels  , forcing an escalation of restrictions to start on Friday 24 May 2024.

“Stage 2 water restrictions are still focused outside of the home and introduce further changes such as allocated days for watering gardens and sports grounds, but with the watering of lawns no longer permitted,” Mr Paske said. 

“This will mean a change to the routines of some residents, but these changes will significantly boost the amount of water available in the system.

“We know our climate is changing and recent data has shown in the last six years Australia has experienced three of its hottest summers since records began.

“This year, Whitemark had its driest February-March on record, and, although the town enjoyed some rain in April, it was not enough to see significant recovery in dam levels,” Mr Paske said.

“Henderson Dam itself is around 33 per cent, while the overall storage level for Whitemark – which comprises Henderson Dam and another raw water storage – is about 46 per cent.”

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 throughout the dry summer period” Mr Paske said.

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

“We need everyone to do their part in further reducing non-essential water use otherwise stage 3 restrictions will likely be necessary.”

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.

Water saving tips can be found here.

Click here for details on water restrictions.


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