Permanent Water Conservation Measures

Why do we have permanent water conservation measures?

It's important that the region's H2O is monitored and managed to ensure that demand does not exceed supply.

Our region extends across 7000 square kilometres, encompassing many communities of all different shapes and sizes. In order to reliably supply water to these communities, water is sourced from the Dumbleton and Marian weirs and 28 ground water bores.

To ensure our water supply is safe, it is treated at 13 different treatment facilities. With each water source and treatment plant operating at different capacities, water restrictions for each community may vary from time to time - depending on where your water comes from.

Click here to find out where your H2O comes from.

Permanent water conservation measures are in place

  • Residents can only water outdoors before 10am and after 4pm on their allocated watering days.
  • Even numbered properties on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Odd or unnumbered properties on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • No watering on Mondays.
  • Watering is permitted outside the hours of 10am and 4pm daily with a watering can or bucket.

Water restriction levels

(To be implemented when needed)

Note: The Water Restrictions Policy applies to all consumers and transporters of council's potable water in our region and in areas to which our potable water is supplied.

The following water sources are exempt from council's Water Restriction Policy:

  • Water drawn from a source other than from the water supply system under the control of Mackay Regional Council
  • Reclaimed or used water
  • Private bores
  • Rainwater collected in tanks (unless the tank is topped up by the Mackay Regional Council water supply)
  • Water supplied from another service provider

Quick guide to residential outdoor watering

For full Water Restriction details, including car washing, external house cleaning and pool topping-up or filling, download the Water Restrictions Policy.

Water restriction exemptions

In special circumstances, you may apply for an exemption or amendment to the current Water Restriction Policy.  Where an exemption or amendment is sought, you must submit an Application for Exemption or Amendment Form along with the applicable fee to council.

Waterwise gardens and lawns

The Queensland Government has developed guidelines to help residents, businesses and grounds people create water efficient gardens and lawns. Click here to access these tips.

You can also visit council's Plantastic Mackay website - to choose the perfect water-saving plants for your garden.

Outdoor watering tips with council's gardening guru