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Level 5 Water Restrictions in SEQ

What about business and industry?

Business, industry and other non-residential users must achieve long-term savings and strict guidelines and compliance measures apply for large users.
  • businesses using more than 10 million litres a year must prepare, submit and comply with a Water Efficiency Management Plan (even if they have already achieved a reduction of 25%)
  • business consuming more than 1 million litres must install water efficient appliances
  • premises’ urinals must be water efficient by 30 September 2007

Specific industries must also meet stringent targets:

  • car washers must maximise their use of re-circulated water and meet best practice targets
  • mobile commercial operators for building, vehicle and dog washing can only use town water in accordance with best practice guidelines, following registration and training
  • nurseries, turf farms and market gardens can only use water in compliance with their WEMPs
  • active playing fields and sporting groups can only water on allocated days at certain times

Industry water efficiency guidelines are being finalised in partnership with industry representatives and technical experts. The guidelines will be available from 10 April.

Councils affected by Level 5 water restrictions include Beaudesert Shire, Brisbane City, Caboolture Shire, Shire of Esk, Gatton Shire, Gold Coast City, Ipswich City, Kilcoy Shire, Laidley Shire, Logan City, Pine Rivers Shire and Redcliffe City.

You can save water in the office by using many water saving devices used in the home kitchen, bathroom or laundry. If your work uses water for cleaning there is a range of hoses and nozzles which can help save water, as well as water recycling systems. It is important that your place of work considers the environment before their bank balance when they purchase cleaning equipment.

Many offices neglect to maintain toilets which continually flush, and there can be dripping taps or leaking pipes around sinks and basins. The amount of water wasted can be quite excessive and it is important to call a plumber to check toilets, sinks and pipes as soon as the problem starts. You can also received information about toilets and vanities which use minimum water and save money.

Water saving devices can be installed in kitchens and sinks to save water in restaurants, cafes and general offices. Specific nozzles help minimise water use and get the job done more efficiently. Take a look at the range available through a local retailer. Ask about their range of water recycling systems available while you are there.

You can also save money by reducing the amount of electricity you use at work. To find out more information on energy reduction visit