• Stage 5 water restrictions will continue from Sunday, 1 March 2015 until Friday, 29 May 2015
  • Under Stage 5 restrictions scheme water users can use automatic irrigation and sprinkler systems one-day-per-week 
  • Water Corporation continues community water saving programs in Denmark

    Water Corporation today announced Stage 5 scheme water restrictions would continue in Denmark from Sunday, 1 March 2015 until Friday, 29 May 2015.

    Stage 5 restrictions were introduced on 3 December 2014 as a contingency measure after exceptionally low winter/spring rainfall resulted in reduced inflows to Quickup Dam.

    Water Corporation Great Southern Regional Manager Andrew Kneebone said the Denmark community had made significant gains over summer to reduce water use and it would be important to keep this up as we headed into autumn.

    “Water Corporation invited more than 900 households in Denmark to join the community effort to reduce water use over summer through our Waterwise Towns Program and Showerhead Swap,” Mr Kneebone said. “I thank you for saving an estimated 9.7 million litres of water during December and January.”

    Mr Kneebone said 50 million litres needed to be saved to help ensure local water supplies were in the best position possible heading into next summer.

    “We continue to supplement drinking water supplies with water from Denmark River Dam however, the extension of the one-day-per-week sprinkler roster will contribute significant savings,” Mr Kneebone said.

    Denmark’s local drinking water dams received below average inflows in 2014 as a result of the drying climate. Denmark received 766.7mm of rainfall in 2014, which is only 3.7mm more than the driest year on record in 1940. This is 42 per cent less than average annual rainfall for the town.

Fact File

  • Stage 5 restrictions mean scheme water users in Denmark can use their garden sprinklers one day per week before 9am or after 6pm, based on the last digit of your house or lot number. Hand watering is still permitted.
  • Denmark’s water is supplied primarily from Quickup Dam, which is at 43 per cent capacity and below the level required to maintain water supplies to next summer. Water Corporation started supplementing supplies with water from Denmark River Dam in December to help secure the town’s water supply.
  • For more information on restrictions and the water saving program in Denmark, visit watercorporation.com.au or call 13 10 39

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