Water restriction FAQs for sporting ground users
Level 2 water restrictions are in effect from Monday 20 January and Council has been making changes to its water usage. The following FAQs outline how the changes affect its facilities and user groups.
Watering active playing fields
- Hand watering - Hoses that are fitted with a trigger nozzle or device that can be turned off instantly can be used to water critical, high wear areas (e.g. goal mouths) for a maximum of 15 minutes per 150m2 of turf once per week before 10.00am or after 4.00pm.
- Manual sprinklers, soaker hoses and travelling irrigators are not permitted
- Watering is not permitted for 3 days after 10 - 20mm of rain and for seven days after greater than 20mm of rain, as recorded at the nearest Bureau of Meteorology Weather Station or automatic weather station
Watering cricket wickets
- Hand watering - Hoses that are fitted with a trigger nozzle or device that can be turned off instantly can be used for playing wicket preparation/curation for a maximum of 15 minutes per day per 150m2 of turf before 10.00am or after 4.00pm. Hoses must be supervised at all times and not left running unattended.
- Manual sprinklers can be used for a total maximum duration of two hours per wicket square once per week before 10.00am and after 4.00pm. The sprinklers must have a timer installed or be under constant supervision.
- Soaker hoses or travelling irrigators are not permitted
Parks and sporting fields which have an existing sub-surface automatic irrigation system, will be watered by Council in accordance with our Water Efficiency Management Plans which have been developed in conjunction with Hunter Water. Council has modified the water sensors in our irrigated sportsgrounds in accordance with Level 2 Water Restriction requirements which may mean that you will notice a change in the playing surface during this time.
- Soaker hoses can not be used on any active playing surface or cricket wicket
Travelling irrigators can not be used on any active playing surface or cricket wicket
Manual sprinklers can not be used on any active playing surface*
*Manual sprinklers may only be used on cricket wickets as per the above restrictions.
If you are unsure if what you are using to water your grounds is permitted, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
These changes are now in effect.
Council is continuing to work with Hunter Water in accordance with Level 2 Water Restrictions and as such there may be further changes. The restrictions regarding watering timings as listed above are in line with Hunter Water’s recommended guidelines.
Sportsgrounds will be monitored on a regular basis to assess their condition in the current climate and any further changes will be communicated directly to your club.