Liverpool Plains Shire Council introduced Level Two water restrictions in Willow Tree on Tuesday.
Willow Tree relies on groundwater from the Borambil Creek, which has not been replenished with decent rain for some time.
Council’s Water Manager, Rod Batterham, says Level Two restrictions have been imposed because water levels at the reservoir have dropped, and because consumption is outstripping production.
He says Council is prepared to fine households who use water outside the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm at night, on an odds and evens basis.
“Council will be running around and enforcing those restrictions and if it is that people are sneaking water if will be reflected in the production,” he said.
“For any breach in a water restriction basically there’s provisions for an on-the-spot fine of $220 and if we continue to find recalcitrant consumers with follow-up breaches, the penalties can be up to $2,200.”