date of meeting:
Wednesday 22 January 2020
17 Burrawan Street
Community Mission Building the future together
People Place Health Education Technology
Council’s Corporate Values é Sustainability
é Excellence in Service Delivery
é Consultation and Communication
é Openness and Accountability
é Community Advocacy
Community Themes é Leadership and Governance
é Your Community Life
é Your Business and Industry
é Your Natural and Built Environment
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Items of Business
01 Acknowledgement of Country............................................................................. 1
02 Apologies.......................................................................................................... 1
03 Disclosures of Interest....................................................................................... 2
04 Leadership and Governance
05 Your Community Life
06 Your Business and Industry
07 Your Natural and Built Environment................................................................ 6
07.01..... Water Restrictions - Level 4................................................................. 7
08 Confidential Matters
"I acknowledge that we are gathered on Birpai Land. I pay respect to the Birpai Elders both past and present. I also extend that respect to all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people present."
That the apologies received be accepted.
That Disclosures of Interest be presented
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What we are trying to achieve
A connected, sustainable, accessible community and environment that is protected now and into the future.
We will have:
• Effective management and maintenance of essential water, waste and sewer infrastructure
• A community that is prepared for natural events and climate change
• Sustainable and environmentally sensitive development outcomes that consider the impact on the natural environment
• Accessible transport network for our communities
• Infrastructure provision and maintenance that meets community expectations and needs
• Well planned communities that are linked to encourage and manage growth
• Accessible and protected waterways, foreshores, beaches and bushlands
• An environment that is protected and conserved for future generations
• Renewable energy options that are understood and accessible by the community
How we will get there
4.1 Provide (appropriate) infrastructure and services including water cycle management, waste management, and sewer management
4.2 Aim to minimise the impact of natural events and climate change, for example, floods, bushfires and coastal erosion
4.3 Facilitate development that is compatible with the natural and built environment
4.4 Plan for integrated transport systems that help people get around and link our communities
4.5 Plan for integrated and connected communities across the Port Macquarie-Hastings area
4.6 Restore and protect natural areas
4.7 Provide leadership in the development of renewable energy opportunities
4.8 Increase awareness of issues affecting our environment, including the preservation of flora and fauna
Subject: Water Restrictions - Level 4
Presented by: Infrastructure, Dan Bylsma
Alignment with Delivery Program
4.1.1 Plan, investigate, design and construct water supply assets ensuring health, safety, environmental protection and security of supply for the future growth of the region.
1. Implement Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions in response to continuing intense drought conditions, for residential use on 28 January 2020, which ban all outdoor use of drinking water.
2. Noting the potential significant impacts of Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions on commercial users, delay implementation of Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions on commercial users until 25 February 2020, allowing time for engagement to take place between Council and commercial users on water saving measures that will assist to minimise the economic impact of these water restrictions on businesses.
The purpose of this report is to provide relevant information to Council in relation to the current water storage levels for the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area (LGA) and to outline what the restrictions are for residential and commercial users when moving to Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries currently identifies the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council LGA as being in ‘Intense Drought’. With limited rainfall on the horizon, Council endorsed the early implementation of Level 3 Water Restrictions from 25 November 2019.
The Bureau of Meteorology indicates that February to April has roughly equal chances of being wetter or drier than average for most of Australia. While outlooks for drier than average conditions have eased compared to those issued for late 2019, several months of above average rainfall are needed to see a recovery from current long-term rainfall deficiencies. With record low rainfall throughout 2019 and the uncertain rainfall outlook for February to April, reliance on our stored water remains over this period. It is anticipated that river flows enabling daily extraction to Cowarra Dam would be required for at least 4 months to replenish total combined storage levels above the 45% needed to relax Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions.
Since November 2019 the total combined water storage level has dropped to 39% (as at 20 January 2020). In light of this, it is now proposed to move to Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions for residential and commercial use prior to the adopted trigger level of 355 being reached, in an effort to further reduce overall demand and extend the water availability from our current limited water storages.
Noting the potential significant impacts of Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions on commercial users, it is proposed to delay the implementation of Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions for commercial users until 25 February 2020. During this time, Council staff will engage with businesses around water saving measures that can be implemented, in order to minimise the economic impact these restrictions may have on some businesses.
While the area has experienced good rainfall over recent days at the time of writing this report, it will take further above average rainfall and sustained extraction from the Hastings River to replenish total combined storage levels above the 45% needed to relax the Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions.
The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) Water Supply Policy 2015 (further amended 4 December 2018), under sections 2.2.5 - Restrictions during Drought or Emergency Situations, includes that:
PMHC may interrupt, limit or place restrictions on the supply of water including:
· the purposes for which the water can be used, or
· the times when the water can be used, or
· the methods by which the water can be used, or
· the quantities of the water that can be used.
These restrictions may be applied if there is a drought, or if the available stored water, or the available capacity of supply, is so limited as to make extraordinary measures necessary in the general interest of water consumers.
A link to Council’s Water Supply Policy 2015 is as follows: https://www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/About-Us/Publications/Council-Codes-and-Policies-Register
As per the Water Supply Policy, if restrictions are to be applied, Council will publish a notice in a newspaper circulating within the LGA.
Council adopted revised water restriction trigger levels, in line with the 2014 Uniform Regional Water Restrictions at the Ordinary Council meeting of 20 July 2016. The purpose of the Uniform Regional Water Restrictions is to ensure water restriction trigger levels adopted by adjoining Councils have the same meaning. In the past, individual Councils have adopted unique water restriction trigger levels.
These trigger levels and general restrictions for residential outdoor use are as follows:
The need for Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions
The collective efforts of our community in conserving water under the first 3 Levels of Water Restrictions throughout 2019 has provided Council with the ability to extend water availability, however the prolonged drought period, bushfire fighting and limited rainfall enabling extraction from the Hastings River has seen water storage approaching unprecedented levels. The recommended move to Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions signals a further commitment to water demand management in order to prolong current water supplies. Furthermore, should there be no additional water extraction opportunities and if consumption remains consistent with our current demand, we will need to consider moving to Emergency Water Restrictions within the next 2 months.
The aim of Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions is to reduce overall demand by 20% or around 4-5 megalitres (ML) per day. To ensure commitment from all water users, Council have developed end user Information Guides for Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions to cover both residential and commercial users, as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to provide guidance for our community on specific uses and restrictions as detailed below:
For Residential Use
· There is a total ban on all outdoor residential water use.
- Only use buckets or watering cans containing recycled, grey water or rainwater on gardens.
- No handheld hoses, sprinklers, micro-sprays or drip irrigation systems.
- No car or boat washing. Boat motor flushing is only permitted for 3 minutes using a container to recycle flushing water.
- No cleaning driveways, paths or hardstand areas. Cleaning for health or safety reasons can only be undertaken via written exemption from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
- No swimming pool top-ups with town water. Consult your pool supplier for advice on managing your pool equipment.
- New pools may be filled to 300mm below the skimmer box to prevent structural damage via written exemption approval from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
- No exemptions for establishing new turf are available from Council.
All restrictions apply to any rainwater tank where mains water top up or automatic changeover devices are in use or tank is filled via Mobile Water Tanker delivery. No restriction applies to rainwater collected in rainwater tanks.
For Public Areas
- Sporting fields can only use recycled water.
- Community gardens can only use recycled or rainwater.
- There is a total ban on top-ups for fountains and garden ponds.
- Public swimming pool top-ups are permitted provided water-use reduction measures are undertaken.
- Public outdoor showers, fish cleaning tables and boat cleaning areas will be disabled.
For Commercial Use
Water use is limited to critical commercial use only.
- Nurseries, market gardens, landscapers and turf suppliers: Must apply for written exemption from Council for water use, demonstrating how water saving will be achieved and why alternate water sources are not available.
- Bowling Greens and golf courses: Recycled water only.
- Construction industry: Minimise all water use on the work site. Hoses must be fitted with a hand-held cut-off trigger or control nozzle that shuts off when released.
- Public pools: Top ups are permitted with water-use reduction measures.
- Commercial cleaning: Permitted for health and safety reasons only or via written exemption from Council.
- Car, boat and caravan dealers and detailers: Use of recycled water or handwashing with buckets is permitted for safety reasons e.g. windscreens and lights.
- Washing of buses, taxis and emergency services vehicles: Use of recycled water or handwashing with buckets is permitted for safety reasons e.g. windscreens and lights.
- Commercial car wash: Facilities must use recycled water where available. Use of drinking water for commercial car wash requires a Water Savings Action Plan (WSAP) and written exemption from Council.
- Industries requiring water for hygiene purposes: No restrictions for commercial kitchens, garbage trucks, food transport etc. to ensure health standards are maintained.
- Washing down of hard areas, driveways, roofs, walls and paths: Permitted for health and safety reasons only with written exemption from Council. Efficient high pressure, low flow rate cleaners with trigger control are to be used.
- Primary Production: Washing animals using a bucket or handheld hose fitted with cut-off trigger or control nozzle is permitted for health and safety reasons only. Clean pet pens using recycled or greywater only. Recycled water is approved for livestock (excluding pigs and cleaning of milking equipment) and will require a site management plan to be approved. Recycled water has limited daily availability.
- Tourist accommodation: Use of water outside is not permitted. Pool top-ups are permitted subject to implementation of WSAP and written exemption from Council.
- Road works and land developments: Recycled water only. Use of drinking water for road works and land developments requires WSAP and written exemption from Council.
For all other commercial use, refer to the RESIDENTIAL Water Restrictions Information Guide.
Residential or commercial customers who are unable to comply with the Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions are required to apply for an exemption. Exemption requests will be received via an Exemption Application Form available on Council’s website or from local Council offices.
A member of the Water Supply Team will assess each request on an individual basis. Consideration around granting exemptions will be given to those uses outlined in the Residential and Commercial Information Guides and further, in commercial circumstances where there are demonstrated water saving measures in place or underway.
The intent is for Council to provide written responses to Residential or Commercial Exemption requests within 10 working days, outlining the approval or decline on the request, or if any further information is required.
In addition to this, staff from the Engagement, Education and Water Supply Teams will work with residents and businesses to reduce their water use by assisting in completing a Water Savings Action Plan (WSAP). As an example, a WSAP that can demonstrate improved water efficiency in line with targeted reductions under Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions could support an Exemption Application from a Residential or Commercial customer.
Copies of Residential and Commercial Information Guides, FAQs and samples of the Exemption Application and Water Savings Action Plan (WSAP) and exemption process are saved as attachments to this report. Please note these documents are still in draft and will be finalised in the coming days.
Relaxing of restrictions
According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM 16/1/2020), for the remainder of January, a wetter than average week is likely across much of eastern Australia. February to April has roughly equal chances of being wetter or drier than average for most of Australia. This means there is no strong push towards wetter or drier than average conditions for the coming three months for most of the country. While outlooks for drier than average conditions have eased compared to those issued for late 2019, several months of above average rainfall are needed to see a recovery from current long-term rainfall deficiencies. It is anticipated that river flows enabling daily extraction to Cowarra Dam would be required for at least 4 months to replenish total combined storage levels above the 45% needed to relax Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions.
Impacts of growth on demand
Growth over the last 20 years has seen a large number of new connections on the water supply network, however the demand on the water supply has remained relatively steady with a slight downward trend in line with improved water conservation measures and greater community awareness of the need to conserve water.
The graph below shows the relationship between the number of metered connections on the water supply network, as an indicator of population, to the annual consumption over a 15 year period between 1995 and 2015. It shows that while there has been over 50% more connections on the network there has been an approximately 9% decrease in demand.
While our LGA has seen a large increase in population there hasn’t been the same level of increase on the water supply demand. The water supply schemes for our area are dependent on river flows with two off-creek storage dams in reserve, which provide approximately 625 to 730 days of storage and with 2019 being one of, if not the driest year on record, this has largely contributed to the need to introduce water restrictions as dam storage levels decrease. Also during dry times, the number of users drawing water from the dam supply increases as properties that solely rely on rainwater start needing to have water delivered via tanker from the town water supply.
In order to adequately plan for the predicted future population growth, Council has engaged Public Works Advisory to complete an Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) strategy to outline the long-term plans for the water and sewer schemes and strategic stormwater management. This will effectively provide an Options Report for any future projects over a 30-year horizon, with an investment of approximately $500Million worth of capital works over that time.
A key first step of this project is a water secure yield analysis that looks at future population growth and climate modelling, as recommended by the CSIRO, to determine the relevant secure yield figures and solutions to achieve the determined secure water yield for the predicted population out to 2050. Secure yield is defined as the highest annual water demand that can be supplied from our water supply system whilst meeting specific design rules. Water security is achieved if the secure yield of a water supply is at least equal to the unrestricted dry year annual demand.
Council’s current water supply system is appropriate for our growing population as determined by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment under the NSW Guidelines on Assuring Future Urban Water Security.
Another element of reducing the demand on the drinking water supply is the use of recycled water, which Council has gained approval for irrigation, toilet flushing, truck/car washing, laundry, industrial and commercial construction, dust suppression and for agriculture and livestock use (excluding pigs and cleaning of milking equipment). Council is working on completing the current approved domestic recycled water systems, with construction completed on the Bonny Hills Recycled Water Supply Mains and construction commencing in early 2020 on the interim Thrumster Recycled Water Supply Mains connection to deliver recycled water to these areas.
Alternative Water Supply Security
Noting the reliance on river flows for water supply, Council is currently investigating alternative water supply solutions to cover the demand (under water restrictions) during times of extreme dry weather, as well as solutions to filter poor quality water from the Hastings River during high flows following large rain events.
Investigation of technical solutions involve the following:
· Temporary filtration plant to enable Council to extract from the Hastings River even with poor water quality. This plant can also treat the poor water quality risk at Cowarra Dam as water levels drop.
· Upgrade of the Wauchope Water Treatment - Current capacity of this plant is 7ML/day with the upgrade ensuring 21ML/day capacity. This will enable dirty water to be extracted from the river, treated and pumped directly into the reticulation system. Once this upgrade is complete, the above temporary solution can be repurposed as part of a desalination plant.
· Desalination Plant - a desalination plant in the order of 20ML/day has been identified as being required as a reliable alternative supply and will be required in the event insufficient rainfall continues over the coming months.
Further information on actions to provide a secure water supply during prolonged dry periods, such as those currently being experienced, will be provided in a report to the February 2020 Council Meeting.
Investment in Water Infrastructure
Over the last five years Council has invested over $41.3 Million in water infrastructure to improve the supply network. Key projects include the construction of the Sancrox Reservoir and continuing the construction of the Southern Arm Trunk Main and Port Macquarie Recycled Water Treatment Plant upgrade.
Strategic planning via the IWCM process has identified a future investment of approximately $300Million in water infrastructure over the next 10 to 20 years to continue to provide a secure water supply.
Council can resolve in line with the recommendation included in this report, or resolve in some other manner.
Community Engagement & Internal Consultation
Council’s Engagement, Education and Communications (EEC) Teams are continuing to work with Water Supply staff to develop a comprehensive EEC Plan of activities associated with moving both residents and commercial users to higher level water restrictions ahead of adopted triggers.
The key objectives of the EEC Plan are to:
· Communicate that Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions are in place.
· Educate and inform the community of Level 4 Severe Water Restriction requirements.
· Educate and inform the community about responsible water use and everyone’s responsibility in conserving our precious water resource i.e. encouraging behaviour change.
A multi-channel communications approach (including social, television, radio, print media and outdoor signage) will be adopted to ensure broad awareness across the LGA.
This communications activity will take place alongside a community engagement and education program including outdoor/community pop-ups, face-to-face meetings and/or direct mail with industry and community groups; school workshops and education resources.
An online portal (Water Hub) including a range of resources and tools e.g. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), water updates, videos, water saving tips and Water Savings Action Plan is also being developed to support residents and commercial customers.
Further to this and as mentioned earlier in this report, members of the Engagement and Education Teams will work with Water Supply staff to specifically consult and engage with key commercial operators ahead of the implementation of Level 4 Severe Commercial Water Restrictions to:
· Advise them of the restrictions applicable to their business;
· Educate them on ways to reduce water use in their business by completing a Water Savings Action Plan; and
· Inform them of the exemption process (where applicable).
The intention is to reduce overall commercial water use whilst, wherever possible minimising economic impacts on our local businesses.
Planning & Policy Implications
Should Council support the recommendations as included in this report, it should be noted that this will vary from the current Water Supply Policy. As also detailed in this report, any move to Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions will include broad engagement with commercial users as well as a detailed Engagement, Education and Communications Plan.
Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions documentation is attached for information (Attachments 1-6) and will form part of future updates to the Water Supply policy.
Updates on the total combined storage levels will continue to be updated weekly on the Council website.
Financial & Economic Implications
Should Council support this recommendation, any reduction in water usage will result in a reduction of water revenue from water consumption usage charges Tier 1 and Tier 2. Level 4 Water Restrictions is targeting a 20% reduction in water usage across the scheme. This reduction target is the total including all previous restriction levels which, if achieved would result in a minimum 20% reduction in water usage revenue compared with nil water restriction revenue. Further details on the usage charges are contained within the Water Supply Policy 2015 (further amended 4 December 2018) and in the Schedule of Fees and Charges 2019-2020.
With further employment and economic growth remaining an important objective for the region, Council staff will seek to minimise the economic impact of Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions by proactively working with local businesses to implement measures that will reduce their water consumption. Key efforts include a rolling triage, audit and engagement with the region’s largest commercial water users, alongside implementation of Water Savings Action Plans for key industries. Exemptions are expected to be granted for necessary outdoor use of water for core business - noting many local industries are also recovering from the indirect impact of the recent serious bushfires. Level 4 Severe Water Restrictions are expected to impact on water use for commercial customers, however it is important Council seeks to prevent immediate or ongoing employment losses from the proposed changes.
1⇨. Residential Information Guide
2⇨. Commercial Information Guide
4⇨. Exemption Application
5⇨. Water Saving Action Plan
6⇨. Exemption Process