Barnaby Joyce advises homeowners to switch from grass to gravel to cope with drought

Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has called on homeowners to switch from grass to gravel lawns when water restrictions arise.

The national newspaper Nationalen tweeted his water-saving suggestions on Twitter, while residents of New South Wales and other parts of the country struggle with the ongoing drought.

& # 39; Now even Sydney on its way to water restrictions, & # 39; he tweeted.

& # 39; Build more dams or replace lawns with gravel. & # 39;

The April and May this year in Sydney is on track to become the second driest period in 160 years, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Warm weather has also exacerbated the dry conditions, with autumn temperatures set at 1.5 ° C above the long-term average.

Former nationality leader Barnaby Joyce has advised homeowners affected by the drought to switch from grass to gravel, while water restrictions lurk

Former nationality leader Barnaby Joyce has advised homeowners affected by the drought to switch from grass to gravel, while water restrictions lurk

Former nationality leader Barnaby Joyce has advised homeowners affected by the drought to switch from grass to gravel, while water restrictions lurk

Former nationality leader Barnaby Joyce has advised homeowners affected by the drought to switch from grass to gravel, while water restrictions lurk

Former nationality leader Barnaby Joyce has advised homeowners affected by the drought to switch from grass to gravel, while water restrictions lurk

The months of April and May this year in Sydney are on track to become the second driest period in 160 years, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (stock photo)

The months of April and May this year in Sydney are on track to become the second driest period in 160 years, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (stock photo)

The months of April and May this year in Sydney are on track to become the second driest period in 160 years, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (stock photo)

Sydney recorded its hottest day so late in the fall season in 25 years, with a reading of 27C on Tuesday.

According to the drought indicator of the state government, 98 percent of NSW is affected by drought with 14 percent in severe drought.

Only two percent are not affected by drought, with a small part of the state recovering.

Under-average rainfall over the state over a two-year period has done nothing to help the dam levels.

Water NSW data show a dark reality with increasingly smaller capacity levels.

Collectively, dams have fallen a quarter of their volume in the past year and are currently just south of 54 percent capacity.

Warragamba Dam supplies water to more than 3.7 million people who live in Sydney and the lower Blue Mountains.

Although the reserve is just over 55 percent of the capacity.

Figures are more pressing in places such as Burrendong Dam, which is only 6 percent, and Keepit Dam on the Namoi River, because it hangs around an alarming 0.9 percent capacity.

& # 39; Over the past two years, dam levels have fallen faster than average speed during the Millennium Drought & # 39 ;, said a Sydney Water spokesperson. Sydney Morning Herald.

While farmers in Queensland are struggling with low-level dams, recent floods have led to an additional species known as & # 39; green drought & # 39 ;.

As much as 180 mm of rain was dumped in certain parts of the state due to a monsoon trough earlier this year.

Although the sudden eruption of lush green grass after months and years of drought, outbreaks of livestock diseases have fueled.

A graphical representation of rainfall levels registered in Australia from April 2017 to February 2019

A graphical representation of rainfall levels registered in Australia from April 2017 to February 2019

A graphical representation of rainfall levels registered in Australia from April 2017 to February 2019

Warragamba Dam supplies water to more than 3.7 million people in Sydney and the lower Blue Mountains (photo, Warragamba Dam)

Warragamba Dam supplies water to more than 3.7 million people in Sydney and the lower Blue Mountains (photo, Warragamba Dam)

Warragamba Dam supplies water to more than 3.7 million people in Sydney and the lower Blue Mountains (photo, Warragamba Dam)

Augathella farmer John Gardiner, in the remote west of Queensland, said that much needed water did not go to where it was most needed.

& # 39; Here are four dams that are only a quarter full and one that is completely empty & # 39 ;, he said ABC.

& # 39; The rain was so stable but we didn't get any heavy falls … so the water didn't run into any dams.

& # 39; If there is green grass but no water, you have to work as hard as in a dry drought. & # 39;

Elsewhere, the governments of the Länder are working on a strict water reduction policy to help the residents affected by the drought.

Gladys Berejiklian and her NSW cabinet will review the planned water restrictions for Sydney as soon as next Monday.

& # 39; Due to current depletion and drought conditions, Sydney will soon have to expect formal water restrictions if there is no rain, & # 39; said a Waterminister spokesperson Melinda Pavey.

Because the dam capacity is expected to fall below half in the coming weeks, the first water restrictions can already be introduced after 10 weeks.

This means, among other things, that the Water Wise rules are enforced, that homeowners water their gardens from 10 am to 4 pm and also encourage them to install tractor hoses.

Dubbo, in the northwestern part of NSW, immediately jumps to level two restrictions and imposes the water-saving measures on its 40,000 inhabitants.

According to the drought rate indicator of the state government, 98 percent of NSW is affected by the drought, with 14 percent struggling with severe drought.

According to the drought rate indicator of the state government, 98 percent of NSW is affected by the drought, with 14 percent struggling with severe drought.

According to the drought rate indicator of the state government, 98 percent of NSW is affected by the drought, with 14 percent struggling with severe drought.

Together, dams have fallen a quarter of their volume in the past year and are currently just south of 54% capacity (stock image)

Together, dams have fallen a quarter of their volume in the past year and are currently just south of 54% capacity (stock image)

Together, dams have fallen a quarter of their volume in the past year and are currently just south of 54% capacity (stock image)

The levels of water restrictions

As NSW and other parts of the country go deeper into the drought, water restrictions are ready to be introduced to help homeowners and farmers cope with the drying time.

Level 1: Sprinklers, sprays and fixed hoses can only be used between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Hand-held snakes are only permitted between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Only a high pressure cleaner can be used to rinse off a hard surface or vehicle.

Level 2: Sprinklers, sprays and microject sprays are prohibited.

Hand-operated hoses with a trigger nozzle can only be used to wash cars between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Hand-operated hoses and sub-surface dripper systems can only be used between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Level 3: All nozzles are prohibited.

Hand-operated hoses can only be used for 15 minutes between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Hard surfaces cannot be washed away.

Level 4: Residential use of treated, city and river water outdoors is not permitted.

The Council will cut irrigation to public parks, gardens and other public facilities.

Irrigation is not possible outside industrial and commercial green spaces.

Buckets of water should be used to clean car windows, windscreens, and license plates, but only for safety and regulatory purposes.

Level 5: All level 4 prohibitions have been implemented.

Evaporative air conditioners can only be used moderately.

Source: Tamworth Regional Council

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