Mullum water restrictions end on Monday

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

WATER restrictions will be lifted at Mullumbimby next week and will not return to the region until at least early 2005, water authorities have said.

Byron Shire Council said water restrictions at Mullumbimby would be lifted on Monday following the 243.5mm of rain received in the catchment over the past two weeks.

The council praised the efforts of Mullumbimby residents who cut their water usage by 22 per cent during the recent restriction period.

"Mullumbimby residents have responded very well to conserving water," water operations manager Peter Rees said.

"We are using 0.9 megalitres per week. This is down from our average of 1.4ml at this time of year."

Mr Rees said that, at this rate, even without rain to replenish supplies there would be no need for restrictions until early 2005.

"The state average water usage is 240 kilolitres per property per year, while Mullumbimby's average is 215kl," Mr Rees said.

"I think after the last drought (2002/03) residents learned to conserve water."

Rous Water authorities also said water restrictions would not be seen until next year.

Rous operation services manager Wayne Franklin said Rocky Creek Dam was yesterday at 69 per cent and Emigrant Creek Dam was at 83 per cent.

"The average daily usage of 3538ml means we have close to nine months' worth of water left," Mr Franklin said.



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