THE Manning and Great Lakes need to work harder to get to 'target 22', says our water authority.
MidCoast Water is calling on the community's support to get the Manning and Forster Tuncurry area water supply through the current drought conditions.
Level three water restrictions are in force and unless further water savings can be made, the authority may be forced to go to stricter restrictions.
MidCoast Water last week set a target of limiting daily water consumption for the area to 22 million litres a day and the area is struggling to reach the milestone.
"We have some success and then the temperatures rise and usage goes up again," general manager Robert Loadsman explained.
"Last Thursday we were down to 24 million litres for the day, yet (Monday) it was up to 27.6 million - so there is still a way to go to meet the target."
MidCoast Water is working closely with both Great Lakes Council and Greater Taree City Council to reduce the amount of water being used on parks and gardens.
Hand-held hoses can be used for up to one hour every second day, outside of the hours of 10am and 4pm. Microspray systems can be used for up to 15 minutes every second day, outside the hours of 10am and 4pm.
Watering cans and buckets can be used at any time.
The restrictions operate on an 'odds and evens' system matching house numbers. For example if your house number is 12, then you can water on all even days of the month ie 2nd, 4th, 6th etc. If your house number is 13 you can water on all odd days of the month, ie 1st 3rd, 5th etc
These restrictions apply to residents supplied by the Manning scheme - those in the area between Crowdy Head in the north and Tarbuck Bay in the south.
Details of the restrictions are available from MidCoast Water offices, via the customer service line on 1300 133 455 or on our website at www.midcoastwater.com.au
MidCoast Water will be tracking consumption on its website - www.midcoastwater.com.au/restrictions - daily.