Richmond and Kyogle cut down on water
By HELEN JACK
AS the flow in the Richmond River is reduced residents of Casino, Kyogle and Bonalbo are getting used to even tighter water restrictions. The Richmond Valley and Kyogle councils introduced level-two water restrictions from midnight on Saturday. Richmond Valley Council senior services engineer Mark Hesse said the trigger point for the introduction of this next level of restrictions had been reached. "Flows have ceased over Manyweathers Weir, and water is only flowing over the lower portion of Jabour Weir, which is the main storage for Casino's water supply," he said. "In addition, irrigators on the Richmond River, from Casino to Kyogle and past Kyogle, are also on pumping restrictions. "If the hot weather continues, and with any windy weather, the situation will worsen." Level two restrictions impose a ban on the use of sprinklers and fixed hoses. Hand-held hoses can be used only for two hours a day on alternate days, and then only outside the hours of 8am to 4pm. Households with an even street number can water on even-numbered calendar days, and households with an odd street number can wa- ter on odd-numbered days.