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Level 1 permanent water restrictions are in place. Sprinklers are not permitted between 9am and 4pm daily.Current Status: Level 1

Townsville has four levels of water restrictions.

Odds and evens water restrictions apply at all four levels.

Odd numbered houses can water on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday,
Even numbered houses can water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

  • Level 1 - When Ross River Dam is more than 10%.
    • Ban on sprinklers between 9am and 4pm on all days.
    • Handheld watering permitted anytime.
  • Level 2 - When Ross River Dam is at or below 10%.
    • Ban on sprinklers between 9am to 4pm on all days.
    • Handheld watering permitted anytime.
    • Increased policing and enforcement.
  • Level 3 - When Ross River Dam is at or below 5%.
    • Sprinklers permitted between the hours of 6.30am to 7.30am and 6.30pm to 7.30 pm.
    • Handheld watering permitted anytime.
  • Level 4 - When Ross River Dam is at or below 3.5%.
    • Sprinklers not permitted.
    • Handheld watering permitted between the hours of 6.30am to 7.30am and 6.30pm to 7.30pm.


Working out watering requirements

During the summer, water use may more than double due to lawn and garden watering.

It's easy to reduce water consumption by following these simple steps:

  • Place three or more flat bottom cans or mugs randomly around your lawn. Inexpensive rain gauges may also be used.
  • Turn on your sprinkler(s) for 15 minutes.
  • Measure and record the depth of water in each can (mug) with a ruler. Determine the average depth of water for all of the cans combined. Check the uniformity of your water application.
  • Refer to the following example and chart to determine the number of minutes you should water each week. Record the times for future reference.

REMEMBER: Reduce watering time during cool or humid conditions and skip a scheduled watering after a moderate rainfall.

Example (Season is Spring)

Calculation Water in millimetres Water in inches
CAN #1 12.7 mm 1/2 inch
CAN #2 6.35 mm 1/4 inch
CAN #3 12.7 mm 1/2 inch
CAN #4 6.35 mm 1/4 inch
TOTAL: 38.10 mm 1.5 inches
AVERAGE*: 38.10 divided by 4 = 9.52 mm 1.5 divided by 4 = 3/8 inch (approx)
WATERING TIME:   20 minutes

* Average equals total number of water in all cans divided by the total number of cans.
* 2.5cm (1 inch) of water a week, including rainfall, is all your lawn needs.

Lawn Watering Depth Chart

Average Depth in Test Can

Minutes to Water Once Each Week

Millimetres

Inches

Spring

Summer

Autumn

3.2

1/8

60

120

48

6.3

1/4

30

60

24

9.5

9/8

20

40

16

12.7

1/2

15

30

12

15.9

5/8

12

24

9.5

19.1

3/4

10

20

8

25.4

1.0

8

16

6.5

28.6

1-1/8

6

13

5

For more information, please contact the Customer Service Centre or send an email to Townsville Water.

For more information, please phone the Customer Service Centre on 1300 878 001 or send an email to Townsville Water.

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