Isaac Regional Council is considering whether or not under 16-year-olds should be allowed unsupervised access to garden hoses when water restrictions apply. Photo: Marc McCormack
Isaac Regional Council is considering whether or not under 16-year-olds should be allowed unsupervised access to garden hoses when water restrictions apply. Photo: Marc McCormack

Town where kids under 16 can't use hoses unsupervised

YOUNG gardeners are on the cusp of liberation in the Isaac region, as council considers amending its water restriction policy to allow those under 16 to use garden hoses unsupervised.

The policy was adopted in May, and described the term "hand-held hose" as "a hose or pipe used to convey water, held in the physical possession of a person or under the supervision of a person aged 16 years or over, controlling the efficient distribution of water".

At the last Isaac Regional Council meeting, it was moved that council should consider removing the requirement that those under 16 be supervised.

However, the council moved to defer consideration of this motion until the next meeting, later this month.

Isaac Regional Council chief executive officer Gary Stevenson said the outcome would be "a matter for council".

He said if residents were currently found to be in breach of the policy, council "would take a sensible approach".

He said he didn't know if any other councils mandated a similar level of hand-held hose supervision.



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