Water restrictions on rivers and streams are implemented in accordance with a priority of rights under the Water Management Act 1999
When there is insufficient water available to look after the rights of all users, restrictions are implemented by starting with the lowest priority user group.
Generally, the highest priority is given to:
- stock and domestic use, followed by:
- water for ecosystem protection
- water licences converted from old registered rights
- rights of special licences, and then
- irrigation and other commercial users.
Groundwater usage may also be restricted if necessary.
Irrigation Water Restriction Notices
Irrigation Water Restriction Notices are advertised in the Public Notices section of Tasmania's major newspapers advising when irrigation water restrictions are in force and on the Public Info area of Tasmania online: https://tas.gov.au/publicinfo/
Notices may also be served (personally or by post) on a person, prohibiting or restricting the taking of water from a water resource.
The Notice takes effect at a time that is specified in the notice and remains in force for such period not exceeding 12 months.
A person who contravenes a notice is guilty of an offence under the Water Management Act 1999
. See the Water Regulations on the Tasmanian legislation website for penalties: www.thelaw.tas.gov.au
Contact your local Regional Water Management Officer