The Sunshine Coast Regional District is changing its water regulations in order to conserve water and meet the high demand during the hot, dry summer months.

Remko Rosenboom, General Manager, Infrastructure Services said the regulation changes will affect lawn irrigation in favour of food-producing plants and trees.

“I think the biggest change will be the ban on lawn watering during Stage 2. It was already prohibited during Stage 3. For the community, that will be the biggest change.”

A series of other changes are part of the new Drought Management Plan and Rosenboom suggested homeowners access them online, print them and put it in a prominent place so the regulations are not forgotten.

Penalties at each stage have increased by about 100 dollars each too.

The regulations apply only to the use of treated drinking water, not to the use of rainwater, private well water or any forms of recycled water.