Water in the Balonne River has eased restrictions.
Water in the Balonne River has eased restrictions. Karen Berry

More time to hose, thanks to recent rain

WATER restrictions will decrease from next week following recent rain in the Balonne River.

Rainfall in the upper catchment of the river, near Dalby and Chinchilla, has boosted supplies at St George, allowing Council to drop residential restrictions from Level 2 to Level 1 from Monday, January 14.

Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh said the boost to the towns' water reserves was welcome.

"The E.J. Beardmore Dam was heading south of 30 per cent before that rain and now it's back up to more than 70 per cent.

"It was great to see a run in the river and with that increased water availability we can relax the restrictions back to Level 1,” Cr Marsh said.

The change in restrictions extends residential watering hours to 5-9am and 5-9pm on allocated days; Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for even numbered houses, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for houses with odd numbers.

There will also be an increase in hours for schools, caravan parks, who will be able to water and use sprinklers from 9am-12pm, and 3-6pm Monday to Thursday.

All other businesses will also have extended hours, with odd-numbers from 7-11am and 2-6pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; and even numbered businesses at the same hours on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.


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