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Coonabarabran’s first emergency bore now online

In great news for the Coonabarabran community the first of the emergency production bores is now online and supplying water to the town.
 
Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Peter Shinton said, “for the past five (5) months Council has been working on establishing an emergency water supply for the community of Coonabarabran. Throughout this time Council has worked closely with the NSW Government, in particular the Department of Industry – Water”. 

Clr Shinton said, “as part of the works to secure the water supply, Council has been investigating and drilling bores to access additional groundwater. These works have been undertaken with the intention to construct a sustainable emergency bore supply system capable of supplying potable water to the township of Coonabarabran”.

“The first emergency production bore, located at the Water Treatment Plant on Timor Road, is now online. This bore is currently producing 4.4 litres of water per second and we are hopeful of being able to sustain this level of production”, said Clr Shinton.
 
“Council engaged a hydrogeologist to undertake a range of tests as well as geophysical logging of the bore holes. With this advice Council has sealed out any aquifers that are already being accessed by private bores previously approved by the Department of Industry – Water”, said Clr Shinton.

“The new bore, at the Water Treatment Plant, has access to two (2) aquifers which are much deeper than the aquifers that are currently being accessed by surrounding bores”, he said.
 
Clr Shinton assured the community that, “all necessary testing has been completed for the Water Treatment Plant Bore, as required by NSW Department of Industry – Water.”

“Council was very pleased when NSW Department of Industry – Water granted approval for this first bore to be converted into a production bore. Having this bore online means that Council has taken another step to being in the position to be able to meet the ongoing demand for potable water in Coonabarabran even if the much longed for rainfall doesn’t come.”

“Pumping from this first bore will obviously help to relieve the pressure on current water supply sources. With more bores expected to come on line in the coming weeks this will enable Council to continue to preserve the water that is left in Timor Dam” said Clr Shinton.

“However with the level of Timor Dam being so low unfortunately this does not mean that we are in a position to be able to lift water restrictions at this point in time. The water level at Timor Dam is something that we are regularly monitoring and while we haven’t been drawing from the dam the level also isn’t increasing due to the lack of rain”, he said.

“Works are also continuing on a further five (5) bores which will form part of the emergency bore supply system. At this stage Council is waiting for production licences for these bores. Once these licences are issued Council will have a 28 day waiting period before the bores can be used. Once the bores receive approval Council will move swiftly to ensure they come online as soon as possible”, said Clr Shinton.
 
“Council is extremely grateful for the generous funding received from the NSW Government to enable these works, as well as the assistance and support provided throughout the entirety of the project”, Clr Shinton concluded.

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Last Updated: 06 Jul 2018

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