Draft Public Water Supply Bylaw 2018

Second consultation round likely

We are likely to undertake a second round of consultation on the draft bylaw in the first half of 2019. Staff are currently working through some changes to the draft bylaw to make the restriction requirements for residential, business and public users clearer. In addition we will be seeking community feedback on the determination of a baseline and a new category for community pools.  

These changes come after an earlier consultation round that closed on 10 August 2018, followed by hearings the same month.


The following is a record of the original consultation information.

Original consultation

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.

Key documents

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