Businesses in south-east Queensland face fines of up to $125,000 if they fail to meet tough new water saving targets.
Yesterday, Queensland water authorities announced that Level 6 water restrictions would come into effect from November 23 because the state’s dams remain dangerously low. Brisbane’s Wivenhoe Dam is at 16% capacity.
Elizabeth Nosworthy, the chairmain of the Queensland Water Commission, says some businesses have not done enough to save water so far.
She told The Australian newspaper: “It’s completely unfair that while residents are bending over backwards to make world-class water savings, some businesses can’t even be bothered to … save a single drop.”
She said 14% of businesses had failed to submit to local councils’ mandatory water efficiency management plans by the end of July.
The new restrictions that require businesses using 10 million litres or more to target 25% savings or to meet best practice by November next year, will be permanent.
Some businesses will be required to install sub-meters on equipment using 15% or more of their water. Those failing to comply face fines of up to $124,875.
Other new provisions include:
- Council officers to be given entry to check for compliance with on-the-spot fines of up to $3750.
- Regular public reports of business water saving performance.