Central Coast Council approves changes to its water restrictions trigger guidelines

WATER STORAGE: The Central Coast's main reservoir, Mangrove Creek Dam, pictured at 23 per cent of capacity in 2006. Picture: Robert Pearce
WATER STORAGE: The Central Coast's main reservoir, Mangrove Creek Dam, pictured at 23 per cent of capacity in 2006. Picture: Robert Pearce

Central Coast Council on Monday approved changes to its water restrictions trigger guidelines.

Under guidelines implemented in 2012, Level 1 restrictions kicked in when water storage in Mangrove Creek Dam dropped to 42 per cent of capacity.

Under the new guidelines approved by councillors, Level 1 restrictions would kick in when water storage levels reached 50 per cent of capacity.

Water storage levels on the Central Coast are currently at about 60 per cent of capacity, a report to councillors said.

The council also moved to undertake a review of its Integrated Water Resources Plan. This would be done in consultation with the NSW Department of Industry, and Hunter Water Corporation,  with the aim of identifying any mutually beneficial opportunities between the two regions, the council said.

Council will also increase its water-saving public awareness campaigns.

“Council is taking a proactive approach to ensuring the ongoing security of the water supply by taking account of the latest information so it can respond to future water needs,” mayor Jane Smith said.

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