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Coonabarabran residents urged to comply with water restrictions

As a result of three new bores coming on-line in Coonabarabran, water restrictions have been eased to level 5 for the town.

“At the December Council Meeting, Council agreed to an easing of water restrictions in Coonabarabran from Level 6 down to Level 5” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd. “Water restrictions in Coonabarabran have been able to be eased to Level 5 due to the increased water security provided by the new bores. Level 5 restrictions allow the watering of gardens with buckets and watering cans for two (2) hours a day between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.”

“Water restrictions have been eased as a result of the extra capacity the town water supply has and will enable residents to preserve some of their gardens during the hottest time of the year”, said Cr Todd.  

“While we now have the additional water supply residents should not become complacent about the water, we are still under a very extreme situation and residents need to conserve the water supply. Timor Dam, our main source of water, is still at record low levels and has had very little inflow over the past couple of years.”

“The decision to ease water restrictions has not been made lightly and Council will continue to monitor both demand and river flows closely”.  

“If demand is too high or the supply is affected then Council will need to consider reinstating Level 6 water restrictions”, Cr Todd said.  

“Water patrols are being undertaken to ensure that residents are compliant with the restrictions. Fines of up to $220 for individuals may be applied and water restriction devices installed should members of the public be found to be breaching the water restrictions.”

“I would urge all Coonabarabran residents to continue to conserve the water supply and comply with the water restrictions” concluded Cr Todd.

For information on water restriction levels click here.

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Last Updated: 11 Jan 2019

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