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Council advises residents to be ‘water smart’ during heavy rains

Shoalhaven City Council is advising residents to limit the use of household appliances that discharge water to the sewerage system during periods of ongoing heavy rain.

Acting Director of Shoalhaven Water, Rob Horner is encouraging local residents to limit the use of showers, dishwashers and washing machines to avoid adding further stress on Council’s sewerage systems.

“With some areas of the Shoalhaven receiving over 100mm of rain overnight, and continuing into today, we have seen a lot of storm water infiltration into all our sewerage schemes,” said Mr Horner.

“Additional water of this proportion is placing the area’s sewerage schemes under stress and raises the risk of ‘backing up’ to residential properties.

“With numerous mains running at or near capacity, the best way to help avoid any surcharges to residential properties is to limit the use of household appliances such as showers, dishwashers and washing machines until the rains ease off.”

Mr Horner said that while the area’s sewerage schemes were close to capacity all were still operating.

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