Water Management

Water Management

Cloncurry’s Water and Sewerage unit is a commercialised business unit of Cloncurry Shire Council
with a charter for:

  • Supplying safe, reliable drinking water to consumers
  • Planning for and delivering water, wastewater and waste infrastructure
  • Maintenance of the community’s water, wastewater infrastructure.

The water and sewerage unit has two service delivery areas comprising of water supply and wastewater collection and treatment.

Cloncurry Shire Councils Water and Sewerage business is considered Type 1 business activities under the Local Government Act 2009. Accordingly, it has been commercialised under this legislation and report to Council as such.

Current Water Restrictions



Cloncurry Level 1
Dajarra Level 1
Kajabbi Level 1

What do Level 1 water restrictions mean?

Odd and even sprinkling only between 5:00am to 9:00am and 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

  • Even property numbers: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Odd property numbers: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Council wishes to remind the community that our water is precious and that it must be used responsibly so as to avoid wastage.

Any properties using bore water or rainwater are exempt from these restrictions. These properties must have signs stating so in clear view on the property frontage.

  • No sprinklers or unattended hoses permitted on Mondays
  • Fountains and water ornaments can only operate if they recycle water
  • Washing privately owned cars, boats and other vehicles is permitted
  • Water must not be used to clean paved or concreted areas, except for health and safety reasons
  • Non-compliance with these restrictions may incur a $260.00 infringement notice

Should you have any queries in respect of this matter, please contact Council’s Manager of Infrastructure on 07 4742 4100.

Triggers for changing water restrictions





Above 60%

Operational all year round until dam level drops to 60% of capacity. Sprinkling only between 5:00am to 9:00am and 6:00pm to 10:00pm "odds & evens".


Below 60%

(Target Water Consumption below 3.5 ML/Day)

Operational all year round until dam level drops to 60% of capacity. Sprinkling only between 5:00am to 9:00am and 6:00pm to 10:00pm "odds & evens".


Below 50%

(Target Water Consumption below 3.2 ML/Day)

Implement "odds & evens" water restrictions - 5:00am to 7:00am and 8pm to 10:00pm. Start public awareness program.


Below 40%

(Target Water Consumption below 3 ML/Day)

Reducing watering hours to 6:00am to 7:00am and 8:00pm to 9:00pm. Continue public awareness program.


Below 30%

(Target Water Consumption below 2.8 ML/Day)

Total sprinkler ban. Handheld hose permitted. Continue public awareness program.


Below 20%

(Target Water Consumption below 2.5 ML/Day)

Total sprinkler ban. Limited hand hose use permitted. Continue public awareness program.

In June 2014, Cloncurry Shire Council commissioned its upgraded Water Treatment Plant.

The new plant allows for the treatment and processing of 9 megalitres of water per day. This is a vast improvement from the previous plant which had the capacity to treat only 5.2 megalitres per day.

Overall, the results to date have demonstrated that the plant upgrade is a great success with the quality of the treated water at higher standards than previously seen. The introduction of different and additional chemical dosing systems has refined the treatment process making this possible. This will also allow the Council to treat varying water quality and sources which the old plant could not achieve.

The new Water Treatment Plant as a great asset for Cloncurry’s growing community with the facilities to maintain quality drinking water for Cloncurry.

Council’s tips for saving water:

  • Have a shorter shower – Grab an iPod or a radio and only shower for the length of one song
  • Be a leak detective – Check all hoses, connectors and taps regularly for leaks. You may be surprised how much water can get away without you even noticing.
  • Only wash with a full load – Only use your washing machine when your dirty clothes basket is full.
  • Make use of your toilets half flush – Using the half flush feature will significantly reduce the amount of water your toilet uses.

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Water and Sewer KPI's

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