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Fact sheets for non-residential premises

Permanent Conservation Measures apply to all non-residential properties connected to the Toowoomba bulk water supply and to Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgsonvale water supply schemes.

Commercial cleaners operating as a mobile business need to be registered with Toowoomba Regional Council and follow Water Efficiency Guidelines.

Water restrictions relating to business and industry water use have been summarised from the 'Service provider water restrictions' into specific fact sheets in articles below.

Building water use efficiencies - Fact sheet

ShowerheadWater use on Non-Residential premises

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. Kitchen, bathroom, laundry and ablution Premises using 1ML per year or more, of water from the reticulated (town) supply system must have water efficient internal fittings installed, so that:

  • All taps are water efficient: and
  • All showerheads are water efficient showerheads: and
  • All trigger sprays are water efficient trigger sprays

Read more: Building water use efficiencies - Fact sheet

Building, construction and development - Fact sheet

House constructionSaving water is everyone's responsibility. From 11 December 2010, Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

Building Construction (Residential and Non-Residential)

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is permitted to be used for building construction purposes ONLY when applied using a bucket or through a hand held hose or a high pressure water cleaning unit and provided that the construction site is attended at all times when water is being used on the site.

Read more: Building, construction and development - Fact sheet

Commercial produce and production - Fact sheet

Nursery

Water Use on Nurseries, Turf Farms And Market Gardens

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system cannot be used for watering commercial stock and production areas EXCEPT where:

  1. the watering is conducted in accordance with a water conservation plan (WCP) prepared in accordance with the WCP Guidelines that has been submitted to the service provider for approval but has not yet been approved; or
  2. the watering is conducted in accordance with an approved water conservation plan prepared in accordance with the WCP Guidelines and where a service provider approved sign is displayed on the premises.

The requirements in this Restriction apply to premises that are within Restrictions 1.3. Compliance with Restrictions 1.3 does not in any way reduce the obligation to fully comply with the requirements of this Restriction.

More information

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. For a full copy of the water restrictions schedule visit our restrictions home pageor call  Council on 131 872.

PLAY YOUR PART - BE WATER SMART 

Town water use in non-residential pools

Water efficiency requirements now apply to a range of town water uses by both residents and business. These requirements are either provisions of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 or part of the council water restriction arrangements.

Non-residential swimming pools must meet water efficiency requirements in order to be topped up with town water.  An owner may demonstrate compliance with a plumber's certificate or a statutory declaration. 

The Compliance Certification Form can be found in 'Related documents' below.

Traveller accomodation - Fact sheet

Saving water is everyone's responsibility.To help visitors save water, traveller accommodation* providers are required to clearly display information about water conservation measures.

"traveller accommodation" means accommodation provided for use by members of the travelling public as part of a commercial transaction. Without limit, examples of traveller accommodation include hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, hostels, backpackers, caravan parks farm stays, serviced apartments, boarding houses, guest houses and short stay dwellings.

Read more: Traveller accomodation - Fact sheet

Active playing surfaces - Fact sheet

Sport Recreation and Child Care (Non-Residential)Active playing surface

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. From 11 December 2010, Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used for the watering of active playing surfaces except where the watering is in accordance with the Active Playing Surface Guidelines.

Read more: Active playing surfaces - Fact sheet

Watering times permitted for active playing surfaces

Ongoing maintenance of turf-based playing surfaces

Playing surface managers must be aware that irrigation is not the only requirement for maintaining playing surfaces and other appropriate management measures will need to be adopted. Managers must adopt a holistic approach to the management of their playing surfaces with an emphasis on other management measures such as:

  • aeration
  • fertilisation
  • soil moisture monitoring
  • irrigation system auditing

If you wish to obtain a copy of the Active Playing Surface Guidelines please contact Council on 131 872.

Watering Times for active playing surfaces are summarised below

Refer to articles related to specific categories for further information about other requirements.

Read more: Watering times permitted for active playing surfaces

Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Local sports (turf sufaces)

This guideline applies to local sports fields with turf surfaces catering to Senior, Junior, Amateurs and any other grades of sporting competitions.  This category does not apply to turfed cricket wickets, golf greens and tees, croquet courts and bowling greens.

Turf-based playing surfaces include, but are not limited to the following sports: Australian Rules Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Softball, Baseball, Football (Soccer) and Touch Football.

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used on turf-based playing surfaces except where the following conditions apply:

Read more: Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Local sports (turf sufaces)

Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Non-turf Sports

This guideline applies to non-turf sporting activities that use town water, not for irrigation, but for safety or other reasons (e.g. dust suppression, track maintenance and synthetic surfaces).

These activities referred to, under the definition of an active playing surface include, but are not limited to sports such as BMX, motorcycling, equestrian and pony clubs, as well as hockey fields using synthetic surfaces. The preparation and maintenance of turf cricket wickets and the irrigation of golf greens and tees, lawn bowls rinks, and croquet courts is also included in this category.

Requirements

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used on Non-turf or other playing surfaces except where the following conditions apply:

Read more: Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Non-turf Sports

Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Schools

The Active Playing Surfaces Guidelines apply to all schools using reticulated (town) water to irrigate playing surfaces such as sporting ovals. Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used except where the following conditions apply:

Read more: Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Schools

Active Playing Surface Guidelines for Child Care Centres

The Active Playing Surface Guidelines apply to all child care centres using reticulated (town) water to irrigate playing surfaces, such as grassed soft fall surfaces. 

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used on grassed soft fall surfaces at child care centres except where the watering is performed at the following times using a handheld hose with a trigger or twist action nozzle, or alternatively an efficient irrigation system:

  • Tuesday to Sunday before 10am and after 4pm for a maximum of six hours per week.

 Child care centres are NOT required to:

  • Register as an active playing surface with council
  • Install a dedicated water meter to measure water used to irrigate their active playing surface(s) 
  • Display a council approved sign on the premises 
  • Keep a weekly log book of town water consumption

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