WATER use reveals some Tamworth residents still haven’t got the message about restrictions.
There has been a reduction in use since the city went to level two restrictions but the numbers are still too high, Tamworth Regional Council water director Bruce Logan said.
“Over the last four days it has been around 35 megalitres a day, before that it was around 45,” he said.
“We need to see further reductions and we should because those don’t seem to reflect hand-watering for just two hours a day.”
Reports should show around 25 megalitres a day, the pressure mounting on the council to reserve drinking water as Chaffey Dam drops to 33.4 per cent.
That leaves just 17 days until Tamworth is forced on to level three water restrictions.
By July 1 irrigators will be cut off completely Mr Logan said.
“Other customers are also taking water at the moment and that’s why it’s falling quickly,” he said.
Water patrols have been monitoring use in the suburbs, issuing fines and warnings to residents that deliberately disobey the rules.
Neighbours have reportedly dobbed in misusers – frustrated with the disregard for town water conservation.
A number of staff were quick to put their hand up for the patrols, council’s sustainability officer Tracey Carr said.
“We’re running the shifts over six hours a day on a rotating roster so that they don’t become predictable,” she said.
Patrols do not need to approach residents, misusers can receive an on-the-spot fine of $220.
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