With recent rainfall doing little to improve water levels at Glennies Creek Dam, Singleton Council last night resolved to move to Level 2 (moderate) water restrictions.
The elevated water restrictions will take effect from Sunday 1 March 2020.
A report to last night's ordinary meeting of Council said drought conditions continued to impact Glennies Creek Dam as the main source of water for the Singleton local government area, despite heavy rainfall recently.
As of 16 February 2020, water levels at Glennies Creek Dam were 37.2%.
Deputy Mayor of Singleton, Cr Tony Jarrett who chaired the meeting, said elevated water restrictions were required to conserve drinking water supplies.
"While it has been a welcome sight to see decent rainfall this month, the prolonged, severe drought conditions have seen Glennies Creek Dam levels continue to fall to their lowest ever levels," he said.
"And while we can't control the weather, we can control how much water we use.
"Saving water is easier than you think and a little goes a long way. We can all save a lot by working together to make small changes.
"And it's not just residents and businesses. Council is also doing our part to save water by installing a recycled water system at the Singleton sewer treatment plant, making the Council facility that was once the biggest user of water into one of the most efficient.
"Council has also prepared an informative flipbook for all water customers outlining what the water restrictions mean and what activities are allowed, what the odds and evens water system is, summer and winter variations, as well as tips to save water in the laundry, bathroom, kitchen and outside.
"The flipbook will be delivered to households this week, so look out for it in your letter box."
For residential customers, level 2 water restrictions mean:
When watering lawns and gardens, the odds and evens system applies
Water between 6am-9am and 6pm-9pm in summer, and 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm in winter
Watering systems (including micro sprays and drip irrigation systems), soaker hoses, non-fixed sprinklers and hand-held hoses are permitted
Washing of hard surfaces, walls and windows with a hose is banned. You must spot clean with a bucket and hand-held trigger nozzle or other devices that can be shut off instantly
Wash vehicles and boats with a bucket, and rinse with hand-held nozzle or other device that can be shut off instantly between 9am-12pm any day
You can top up an existing pool or spa or fill a new pool or spa fixed to a timer between 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm
You can fill temporary inflatable children's pools at any time with a hand-held hose trigger nozzle or other devices that can be shut instantly or fixed to a timer
Water saving rules and further information are available on Council's website at https://www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/586/Water-Restrictions