With dam levels sitting at 32 per cent, revised Level 3 water restrictions were approved in June 2009, allowing Central Coast residents some flexibility in watering. over 1,000 kilolitres of town water per year. These projects were made possible through two Australian Government Community Water Grants and Council’s Water and Sewerage Directorate. With dam levels sitting at 32 per cent, revised Level 3 water restrictions were approved in June 2009, allowing Central Coast residents some flexibility in watering. For the first time in three years residents and businesses are permitted to water gardens and lawns with handheld hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle or drip irrigation systems on two days of the week for up to one hour. In 2008/2009 Council continued to implement its Water Demand Management Program. Key initiatives to reduce potable water consumption included rebates for the purchase of water efficient appliances and rainwater tanks. Over 1,600 washing machine rebates and approximately 900 rainwater tank rebates were provided to residents. The Mardi-Mangrove Link is a key component of WaterPlan 2050, the blueprint for managing the Central
Coast’s water supply over the next forty-five years, and is the largest water infrastructure to be built on the Central Coast for twenty-five years. Over the past twelve months work on the MardiMangrove Link has made significant progress with detailed engineering and environmental studies undertaken to determine the pipeline route through Wyong Creek and Yarramalong Valley. Construction of the pipeline is due to commence in early 2010, with final commissioning due by mid-2011, subject to a range of statutory approvals. The Mardi-Mangrove Link is an initiative of Wyong Shire and Gosford City Councils with Australian Government funding of $80.3 million through the Water Smart Australia Program. Regular water quality monitoring was undertaken in various catchments throughout Gosford City with the aim of protecting and improving the health of aquatic ecosystems. A Health of the Waterways Report has been developed, which is available on Council’s website, to assist the community in better understanding the health of our waterways. To assist local businesses to develop a clearer understanding of their environmental responsibilities, Council continued its Clean Industry Program. The program seeks to educate local businesses about their responsibilities to ensure business activities do not adversely impact on the environment. The program aims to demonstrate how businesses can comply with relevant environmental regulations. Participants receive an on-
site assessment, advice from Council’s Environment Officers, best practice guides, self audit checklists and emergency spill training. Businesses are also encouraged to apply sustainable business practices in order to assist in reducing the City’s ecological footprint.
Automatic Water Level Recorders Council has commenced the first stage of installations of automatic rainfall and water level recorders within the suburbs of Erina, Kariong, Kincumber, Wamberal and Woy Woy. The system consists of a series of automatic rainfall and water level recording devices that continually record and transmit information collected on both rainfall and river level heights. In addition, it is anticipated that the system, once installed, will be able to be adapted to provide an early warning system within the Gosford LGA for severe storm and flooding events.