THE drought-stricken community of Mount Morgan will enter Level 6 Water Restrictions from Monday 15 March, following the news that the No. 7 Dam has fallen to below 10 per cent capacity.
Mount Morgan residents are still able to continue watering their private gardens.
The restrictions follow the successful trial undertaken to test the logistics of getting water tankers from Gracemere to Mount Morgan.
Rockhampton Regional Council and Fitzroy River Water announced the water trucking trials on Wednesday 3 March with the trial taking place on Friday 5 March, with the process taking less time than initially thought.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said water trucking trials to support Mount Morgan's community.
"We have recently carried out tanker trials to make sure all of the logistics are in place should we need to start trucking water up in future, and we will be holding a public meeting later this month to provide an update," Cr Williams said.
"Once again I want to make it very clear that residents will not be left without access to safe water, and we are continuing to explore options to improve the long term water security in Mount Morgan."
Water and Supporting a Better Environment Councillor Donna Kirkland said 10 per cent was the trigger to consider Level 6 restrictions under Council's Drought Management Plan.
"We understand it's been an incredibly tough year for the Mount Morgan community, and I cannot praise their water wise behaviour highly enough," Cr Kirkland said.
"Without a doubt they have extended the time that the dam can continue to supply the community.
"The purpose of Level 6 restrictions is to keep daily usage under 0.8 ML, and ordinarily Level 6 restrictions would mean residents are no longer able to water private gardens unless they are using rain or recycled water.
"However, as daily usage is already under 0.8 ML we have taken the decision for current gardening restrictions to remain, allowing the watering of gardens to continue."
Cr Kirkland said it was imperative that daily usage continues to be limited as much as possible.
"We will need to review this if water usage goes up or the dam level falls again, but I am hopeful it's something we can continue for as long as possible," she said.
Divisional Councillor Cherie Rutherford said she was pleased watering of gardens would be able to continue for now.
"As we approached Level 6 restrictions I was really concerned that the impact of stopping watering of gardens would have on the community, especially given the continued hot weather," Cr Rutherford.
"Residents have worked so hard to keep plants and veggie patches alive despite the hot dry weather, and to say watering would no longer be possible would have been very tough.
"I'd also like to remind everyone that there are no limits on using rainwater, bore or recycled water in your garden, so I encourage residents to use these options as much as possible if available."
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