Narromine Turf Club receives written warning after breaching water restrictions

BREACH: The Narromine Turf Club has been given a formal warning after it was found to be breaching level three water restrictions. Photos: CONTRIBUTED

BREACH: The Narromine Turf Club has been given a formal warning after it was found to be breaching level three water restrictions. Photos: CONTRIBUTED

A Narromine business has been given a formal warning after it was found to be breaching level three water restrictions

The warning comes after a complaint was reported to the Narromine Shire Council about the use of water by the Narromine Turf Club outside of the nominated water restrictions hours of usage.

The concerned Narromine resident and complainant, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Australian Community Media the incident was not "setting a good example".

"People's stock are dying because they've got no water ... and the Narromine turf club think they're above everyone," they said.

"They need a wake-up call."

Narromine Shire general manager Jane Redden said the council investigated the complaint and had written to the turf club advising them to comply with restrictions.

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"They've been advised they weren't complying with the current restrictions," she said.

"By the time staff got up there, the sprinklers weren't on [but] it was evident [they had been on]."

The Narromine News contacted the president of the turf club who declined to comment.

However according to Ms Redden, the turf club explained there was such a large area to be watered, which could not be done within the level three two-hour time frame.

"The council encouraged the turf club to provide a written request to water outside of these times and to further outline what its watering plans for the summer are, with water conservation in mind," she said.

"The turf club have now provided this water usage plan and committed to watering during the early morning and evening, reducing usage to 25 per cent of what it would normally otherwise use, and to water at an absolute minimum as its next race meeting is not to the end of March 2020."

Currently level three water restrictions are in place within the shire, and Ms Redden said the council encouraged people to advise them when they were not being adhered to, but said exemptions could be applied for, encouraging businesses and organisations to discuss their needs with council.

"The level three restrictions are in place due to the limited supply of water available at this time and understands the need to balance water availability between private, commercial and public usage," she said.

"Council is committed to ensuring level three restrictions are adhered to and if residents become aware of excess water being used they are asked to advise council."