Tenterfield Shire Council is imploring community members to take personal responsibility for their water usage, to delay the likelihood of trucking in water at huge expense as Tenterfield Dam water level continues to drop rapidly.
Although water usage in the township has reduced in the wake of Level 4 restrictions imposed in mid-February, severe Level 5 restrictions will come into play once the dam capacity reaches 15 per cent capacity.
Although some areas received a good downpour over the weekend, runoff into the dam was negligible and interim Level 4.5 water restrictions will be considered at next week's council meeting.
Council advises that access to the Water Dispensing Station in Riley Street will remain at this stage, pending the activation of the Apex Park bore for stock water in around two weeks. However, this bore water will be limited and a disclaimer will be required as the water has a high iron content and is suitable for stock only.
Users of the Water Dispensing Station are asked to access it for potable water for home use only and not for livestock use. Once Apex Park bore water is available, it is anticipated that, at best, only licensed water carriers will have access to the Water Dispensing Station and all enquiries for potable water will need to be made through them.
Council is concerned at reports of water pods being filled at the station to water gardens and wash down house walls.
"Be assured that if you have a green lawn and healthy garden, you will attract attention and that tank water can be checked for the presence of chlorine and fluoride," the council statement said.
Southern Downs Regional Council has already enacted Extreme Water Restrictions last week with a target consumption of 120 litres per person per day, impacting Jennings residents on town water.