Level 2 water restrictions for Nimbin

Monday, 18 November

Level 2 water restrictions have been introduced in Nimbin, effective immediately.

Lismore City Council Director of Infrastructure Services Peter Jeuken said the restrictions were necessary as the water level in Mulgum Creek continued to fall.

“Due to reduced flows in Mulgum Creek, it has become necessary to implement water restrictions within the Nimbin water supply for the village,” he said.

“For some time, we have been adjusting the operation of the water supply to manage reduced creek flows. However, with the long-term forecast showing little signs of consistent rainfall, these restrictions are now necessary to secure the water supply.

"We know many people have already reduced their water consumption, and we thank them for that.

“It’s important everyone continues to do their bit to conserve water as making small changes in how we use water will really help our water storage supplies last longer."

He said by introducing Level 2 now, the Council is hoping to delay implementing Level 3 or 4 restrictions. We will continue to monitor water consumption to ensure proper management of the water supply in Nimbin.

Under Level 2 water restrictions residents:

  • Can only use micro-sprays and drippers/sub-surface irrigation for a maximum of 15 minutes.
  • Hand-held hoses with an on-off nozzle can only be used for half an hour every second day, between the hours of 4pm and 9am on odd or even days matching your house number.
  • Other irrigation, such as sprinklers, and unattended hoses are banned.
  • Filling of new swimming pools is permitted, but topping up is allowed only between 4pm and 9am using a hand-held house with one-off nozzle.
  • Top up of fountains and water features is not permitted except to maintain fish life.
  • Washing of driveways, paved areas, walls, windows, roofs and paths permitted prior to sale or lease of property only with council approval. Not permitted for any other reason, except for health and safety. Must use high-pressure/low-flow rate cleaner
  • Washing of cars permitted with buckets or hand-held hose for ten minutes only between 4pm and 9am on odd and even days matching your house number.


The same restrictions apply to commercial premises with the exceptions that:

  • Sprinklers can be used for up to 30 minutes per day for sports fields between 5am and 7am.
  • Market gardens, orchids, nurseries can use sprinklers or sprays for one hour a day between 5am and 7am, or 5pm and 7pm.

For more information on water restrictions, see the Water Restrictions Table.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I water the garden?

Watering your garden with cans or buckets is permitted at any time. You can also water with a hand-held hose that is fitted with an on-off nozzle for 30 minutes every second day between 4pm and 9am. Irrigation systems can only be used for 15 minutes.


Can I top up my swimming pool?

Pools and spas can be topped up between 4pm and 9am using a hand-held hose fitted with an on-off nozzle. But emptying and refilling pools or spas is not permitted.


Why do I have to water my garden between 4pm and 9am?

Watering in the late afternoon or early morning will reduce water loss through evaporation. It is always important to water the root of the plant and not just the leaves. Mulched gardens and native plants will also reduce the need for watering.


Why do I have to fit a nozzle to my garden hose?

On-off nozzles on garden hoses gives you more control of the water flow and the ability to turn them off between garden beds or as you move around your yard.


Can we use water play toys and slides?

For water play please go to the beach or river. During water restrictions we need to use water only for essential activities.


Can I wash my paved areas or windows?

Washing of driveways, paved areas, roofs, walls, windows and paths is only permitted for health and safety reasons. You must wash them with a water-efficient high pressure, low-flow rate, trigger-controlled cleaner. Seek Council’s approval if you want to wash prior to sale or lease of your property.


When will we move back to Level 1 or up to Level 3 restrictions?

Lismore City Council will continue to monitor water consumption and changing water flows in Mulgum Creek. This will identify the need to increase or decrease the level of water restrictions.


Why did we go straight to Level 2?

The level is determined by water flow in the Mulgum Creek. If you want to know more about the different levels of water restrictions, please view the Water Restrictions Table.


Can I water my lawn?

Watering of established lawns is not permitted.


Can I water new turf?

You are allowed to water new turf for one hour on the day it is laid, then 30 minutes daily between 4pm and 9pm for the next seven days.


Can I wash my dog?

Washing pets and pet pens is permitted with a bucket or hand-held hose fitted with an on-off nozzle between 4pm and 9am.


Will the swimming pool stay open?

Public swimming pools will continue to operate but they will only be topped up between 4pm and 9pm with a hand-held hose with an on-off nozzle.


Are residential restrictions the same as restrictions for businesses?

They are similar but do vary depending on the type of business. If you want to know more about the different levels of water restrictions, please view the Water Restrictions Table.


Do these restrictions apply to road construction?

Roadworks will be permitted to use water for essential compaction and dust suppression only. In some cases they will be able to use non-potable supplies.


What should I do if I see someone not adhering to the restrictions?

Please contact Council on 1300 87 83 87 to report instances where people are not adhering to the restrictions. Council encourages all water users to conserve water wherever possible, regardless of the level of restrictions.

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