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COLOUR CODING ZONES ON ABSTRACTION RESTRICTIONS AND RESERVE WATER WATER RESOURCE STATUS
RIVERS FLOWS LAKE WATER GROUND WATER WITHIN CONSERVATION AREA

Green – Satisfactory

(Abstraction Allowed upto permitted level)

Higher than Q80 Higher than 1885.3 Higher than 1885.3

Amber – Stress

(Slight abstraction restrictions imposed)

Between Q80 and Q94

Abstractions Allowed:

  • Domestic and public water supplies
  • Others cease to pump from water bodies and revert to their 90 day storage

Between 1885.3 and 1884.6

Abstraction allowed:

  1. Domestic and public water supplies
  2. Others draw 75% of their water use

Between 1884.5 and 1882.5

Abstraction allowed:

  1. Domestic and public water supplies
  2. Others draw 75% of their water use

Red – Scarcity

(Severe abstraction restrictions imposed)

Between Q95 and Q96

Abstractions Allowed:

  1. Domestic and public water supplies draw 50% of their water use
  2. Others continue to draw from their 90 day storage

Between 1884.5 and 1882.5

Abstraction allowed:

  1. Domestic and public water supplies draw 50% of their water use
  2. Others draw 50% of their water use

Between 1882.5 and 1880

Abstraction allowed:

  1. Domestic and public water supplies draw 50% of their water use
  2. Others draw 50% of their water use

Black – Reserve

(Full protection: Surface water uses restricted to basic human/livestock needs and nature (ecosystem) only

Lower than Q96

Abstractions Allowed:

  1. Domestic and public water supplies draw amount for basic body needs only i.e: 25 litres per person/ livestock unit per day

Lower than 1882.5

Abstractions Allowed:

  1. Domestic and public water supplies draw amount for basic body needs only i.e: 25 litres per person/ livestock unit per day

Lower 1880

Abstractions Allowed:

  1. Domestic and public water supplies draw 75% of their water use
  2. Others draw 50% of their water use

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