Draft Public Water Supply Bylaw 2018

Consultation closed 10 August 2018

Thank you for your feedback. All submissions will be collated and reported back to a council meeting in the coming months.

After a review of our Public Water Supply Bylaw 2016, we are proposing new guidelines so that you know what role you have in managing our water resource.

Why are we making this change?

Download the Public Water Supply Bylaw 2018 - Consultation Document. (pdf, 2.8 MB)

A new water restrictions protocol will provide greater certainty about how and when we will impose and escalate restrictions for everyone connected to a public water supply. The existing bylaw outlines how we will provide, manage and protect the public water supply and its network infrastructure. The bylaw also outlines the Council’s authority to prohibit and restrict the use of public water supply because of drought or emergency.

However, the existing bylaw does not provide much guidance on how and when we will impose restrictions in times of water shortage or disruption.

This new approach will:

  • Guide us when making decisions about water restrictions
  • Provide clear advice to customers about what is expected in times of water shortage
  • Allow residents and businesses to prepare and make plans to adapt to using less water

We all have a responsibility to safeguard our water resources. Both the Council and community need to be pro-active and carefully manage water resources for present and future generations.

The proposed addition of a Water Restrictions Protocol clearly outlines how we intend to address water shortages and disruptions in the future. Everybody has a part to play.

Drop-in sessions

Come have a chat about the proposed changes during a drop-in session at the Richmond Mall.



Thursday 26 July

3.30 - 5.30

Thursday 2 August

3:30 - 5:30

Wednesday 8 August

10:00 - 12:00 (please note, this date has changed from that previously advertised)

Key documents

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