Water restriction FAQs for sporting ground users
Level 1 water restrictions are in place across the Hunter. The following FAQs outline how the changes affect its facilities and user groups in accordance with Hunter Water's Level 1 restrictions.
User groups are unable to utilise travelling irrigators and manual sprinklers without a timer, or a hose without a trigger nozzle at any time while water restrictions are in place. In the coming weeks, if your club utilises a Council ground which does not have an existing sub-surface automatic irrigation system, Council will be providing your ground with a trigger nozzle and timer for use during watering.
Watering using a trigger nozzle can occur as follows:
- Before 10.00am or after 4.00pm as required.
Watering using a manual system such as a manual sprinkler or travelling irrigator is allowed as follows and provided a timer is fitted to the system:
- A maximum of twice weekly for watering goal mouth and centre kick areas of fields and cricket pitch wicket squares
- Up to two hours before 10.00am or after 4.00pm.
Parks and sporting fields which have an existing sub-surface automatic irrigation system, will be watered by Council before 10.00am and after 4.00pm. Council has modified the water sensors in our irrigated sportsgrounds in accordance with Level 1 Water Restriction requirements which may mean that you will notice a change in the playing surface during this time.
These changes are now in effect.
As Council is currently working with Hunter Water to develop water efficiency management plans, there may be further changes. The restrictions regarding watering timings as listed above are in line with Hunter Water’s recommended guidelines. Any further changes will be communicated directly to your club.
Once Council’s water efficiency management plan has been finalised, more details will appear on Council’s website. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
While water restrictions are in place soaker hoses can not be used on any surface. If you are unsure if what you are using to water your grounds is permitted, please contact email@example.com.