Water Update Information

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Coonabarabran Water Report

19 June 2018

For the week ending Friday, 15 June 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 22.8% of dam capacity.

As in recent weeks, Council has not used any water from Timor Dam and has instead sourced water from the four (4) existing bores and the Castlereagh River at the Namoi Street weir.

Average daily water consumption for the seven (7) days preceding Friday, 15 June 2018, was 0.57Ml per day. The average daily consumption (Ml per day), by week, for the last six (6) weeks is:

11/05/18

18/05/18

25/05/18

1/06/18

8/06/18

15/06/18

0.5

0.55

0.49

0.48

0.52

0.57

For a range of water saving tips and full details of Level 6 water restrictions or please visit the Council Offices in Coonabarabran or Coolah.

 

 

Binnaway Water Restriction Notice

 15 June 2018 

Residents of Binnaway are advised that important maintenance works are required to be performed at the Binnaway Water Treatment Plant. These works will improve water supply quality and safety.

The works are scheduled to be performed between Monday, 25 June 2018 and Friday, 29 June 2018. Further works may also need to occur between Monday, 23 July 2018 and Friday, 27 July 2018.

To test the impact of the arrangements to be put in place during the scheduled works the town reservoir will be drained to a low level on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 and Wednesday, 20 June 2018.

During this test period, there is the possibility of reduced water supply pressure and supply may cease. Residents are advised to fill containers and water bottles as an emergency supply before Tuesday, 19 June 2018 in case supply is lost.

Residents are asked to notify Council as soon as possible if your water supply is lost during this period.

Council staff will assess water supply availability on outside taps at selected locations throughout the reticulation system during this period.

During the maintenance works, from Monday, 25 June 2018 and Friday, 29 June 2018, the Water Treatment Plant will be offline and town water supply will rely on water that can be stored in the town reservoir only. 

During the scheduled works Council requires assistance from residents to preserve stored water in the town reservoir.

There is the possibility of reduced water supply pressure in the period during which water restrictions apply. Water pressure may drop significantly or supply cease temporarily, especially for residents above the railway line. Residents are advised to fill containers and water bottles as an emergency supply before Sunday, 24 June 2018 in case supply is lost.

To meet demand for town water, the following restrictions will apply from 5:00pm Sunday, 24 June 2018 till 12:00pm on Saturday, 30 June 2018:

  • no outdoor water use whatsoever; and
  • avoid using washing machines wherever possible

The following water saving measures should also be taken during the period the restrictions are in place:

  • take short showers of less than 3 minutes and avoid taking baths; and
  • do not leave any taps running unnecessarily, eg. when brushing teeth.

Restrictions may need be repeated for the period from Sunday, 22 July 2018 till Saturday 28 July 2018. Residents will be advised accordingly closer to date if this is the case.

Council apologises for any inconvenience these arrangements may cause.

For enquiries please contact Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Manager Warrumbungle Water, Cornelia Wiebels, on (02) 6378 5000.

To contact Council after hours, call (02) 6849 2000 or (02) 6378 5000.

Coonabarabran Water Report

12 June 2018

For the week ending Friday, 8 June 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 22.9% of dam capacity.

As in recent weeks, Council has not used any water from Timor Dam and has instead sourced water from the four (4) existing bores and the Castlereagh River at the Namoi Street weir.

Average daily water consumption for the seven (7) days preceding Friday, 8 June 2018, was 0.52Ml per day. The average daily consumption (Ml per day), by week, for the last six (6) weeks is:

04/05/18

11/05/18

18/05/18

25/05/18

01/06/18

08/06/18

0.7

0.5

0.55

0.49

0.48

0.52

 

From January 2018 through till the end of May 2018, Coonabarabran has only received 118.8mm of rainfall. The average rainfall for Coonabarabran for the same period in previous years 329.8mm. In May of 2018 Coonabarabran has only recorded 0.5mm of rainfall.

For a range of water saving tips and full details of Level 6 water restrictions or visit the Council Offices in Coonabarabran or Coolah.

 

Coonabarabran Water Report

For the week ending Friday, 1 June 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 23.1% of dam capacity.

As in recent weeks, Council has not used any water from Timor Dam and has instead sourced water from the four (4) existing bores and the Castlereagh River at the Namoi Street weir.

Average daily water consumption for the seven (7) days preceding Friday, 1 June 2018, was 0.48Ml per day. The average daily consumption (Ml per day), by week, for the last
six (6) weeks is:

 

27/04/18

4/05/18

11/05/18

18/05/18

25/05/18

1/06/18

0.75

0.7

0.5

0.55

0.49

0.48

 

Applications for licenses for the seven (7) emergency bores have been submitted to the NSW Department of Industry – Water. Council has received advice that licences for two (2) of these bores have been approved, however there is a waiting period of 28 days before the bores can be used.

Council expects to receive licenses for the other five (5) bores in the coming weeks. Following approval, there will then be a period of 28 days before these bores can be used.

Following final testing and approval, the next step will be to equip the bores. It is planned that, in the first instance, Council will equip three (3) bores. The bores that have been selected to be equipped are based on a variety of factors including access to electricity, flow rate and cost to equip.

Council will continue to provide regular updates as work on the bores continue.

Council greatly appreciates the ongoing efforts by residents to minimise water usage at this time. Residents are reminded to continue limiting their water usage wherever possible.

Click here for a range of Water Saving Tips and full details of Level 6 Restrictions.

 

Baradine Water Restriction Notice

Important  upgrade  and  maintenance works are required to be performed at  the

Baradine town reservoir. These works will improve water supply quality and safety.

Works will include the cleaning of the reservoir, replacement of equipment and improving chlorine residuals for disinfection.

The works are scheduled to be performed between Monday, 18 June 2018 and Sunday, 24 June 2018. During part of these works the town reservoir will be offline.

To  assist  Council  in  meeting  town  water  demand  during  this  time the  following restrictions will apply from 7:00am on Monday, 18 June 2018 till 7:00am on Monday,
25 June 2018:

•   no outdoor water use whatsoever

•   emergency water use only between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am

While works are taking place there it is likely that there will be reduced water pressure during the daytime and possible loss of supply at night between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am.

Residents are advised to fill containers and water bottles, prior to Monday, 18 June

2018, to have as an emergency supply in case supply is lost. Residents are also advised to fill containers and water bottles before 10:00pm each day for emergency supply during the night.

Council apologises for any inconvenience these arrangements may cause.

For  enquires  in  relation  to  these  works,  and  the  associated  restrictions,  please contact Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Manager Warrumbungle Water, Cornelia Wiebels, on (02) 6378 5000.

To contact Council after hours, call (02) 6849 2000 or (02) 6378 5000.

 

Coonabarabran Water Report 

For the week ending Friday, 25 May 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 23.6% of dam capacity.

As in recent weeks, Council has not used any water from Timor Dam and has instead sourced water from the four (4) existing bores and the Castlereagh River at the Namoi Street weir.

While Council is not drawing from Timor Dam, there are other consumers along the line drawing water, hence the reduction in water level.

Average daily water consumption for the seven (7) days preceding Friday, 25 May 2018, was 0.49Ml per day. The average daily consumption (Ml per day), by week, for the last six (6) weeks is:

 

23/04/2018

27/04/2018

4/05/2018

11/05/2018

18/05/2018

25/05/2018

0.67

0.75

0.7

0.5

0.55

0.49

 
Council greatly appreciates the efforts by residents to minimise water usage at this time. Residents are reminded to continue limiting their water usage wherever possible.

Click here for a range of Water Saving Tips and full details of Level 6 Restrictions.

 

 

Coonabarabran Water Report

For the week ending Friday, 11 May 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 23.8% of dam capacity. In the last week Council has not used any water from Timor Dam and has instead sourced water from the four (4) existing bores and the Castlereagh River at the Namoi Street weir.

Water has been able to be sourced from the existing bores and the river due to a significant decrease in demand. Average daily water consumption for the seven (7) days preceding Friday, 11 May 2018, was 0.5Ml per day. The average daily consumption (Ml per day), by week, for the last six (6) weeks is:

 

9/4/2018

16/4/2018

23/4/2018

27/04/2018

4/05/2018

11/05/2018

0.81

0.74

0.67

0.75

0.7

0.5

 

If these consumption levels continue, there will be decreased reliance on water from Timor Dam and use of water from other sources will be able to continue.

Residents are reminded that it is expected that the outflow from Timor Dam will cease to operate under gravity when the level reaches 20% of capacity. Based on the current depletion rate the cease to gravity flow level will be reached around late June. A pump system has been installed to access the water when outflow by gravity is no longer available.

Council greatly appreciates the efforts by residents to minimise water usage at this time. Residents are reminded to continue limiting their water usage wherever possible.

Failure to comply with restrictions may result in a fine or disconnection of service. Active patrolling of streets in Coonabarabran, to check compliance with water restrictions, is being undertaken.

Click here for a range of water saving tips and full details of Level 6 water restrictions.

Coonabarabran Water Report

7 May 2018

For the week commencing Monday, 7 May 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 23.8% of dam capacity.

Average daily water consumption over the last seven (7) days was 0.7Ml per day. The average daily consumption (Ml per day), by week, for the last six (6) weeks is: 

2/4/2018

9/4/2018

16/4/2018

23/4/2018

30/04/2018

7/05/2018

0.72

0.81

0.74

0.67

0.75

0.7

Council greatly appreciates the efforts by residents to minimise water usage at this time. Residents are reminded to continue limiting their water usage wherever possible. Failure to comply with restrictions may result in a fine or disconnection of service. Active patrolling of streets in Coonabarabran, to check compliance with water restrictions, is being undertaken.

Click here for a range of water saving tips and full details of Level 6 water restrictions and for more information or visit the Council Offices in Coonabarabran or Coolah.

Coonabarabran Water Report

2 May 2018

For the week commencing Monday, 30 April 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 24.4% of dam capacity.

Due to the lack of rainfall and increased temperatures Timor Dam is the lowest it has been since its construction in 1964. From January 2018 through till April 2018, Coonabarabran has only had 118mm of rainfall. The average rainfall for Coonabarabran between January and April is usually 286mml. To the same point in 2017 Coonabarabran had received of 291mm rainfall
.
It is expected that the outflow from Timor Dam will cease to operate under gravity when the level reaches 20% of capacity. Based on the current depletion rate the cease to gravity flow level will be reached around the start of July. A pump system has been installed to access the water when outflow by gravity is no longer available.
 
Works are continuing on the emergency bores along Timor Road and on infrastructure for raw water delivery at the Water Treatment Plant. This will equip the town of Coonabarabran with emergency water when the Timor Dam is no longer able to provide sufficient water supply.

Average daily water consumption over the last seven (7) days was 0.75Ml per day. The average daily consumption (Ml per day), by week, for the last six (6) weeks is: 

26/3/2018

2/4/2018

9/4/2018

16/4/2018

23/4/2018

30/04/2018

0.83

0.72

0.81

0.74

0.67

0.75

Council greatly appreciates the efforts by residents to minimise water usage at this time. Residents are reminded to continue limiting their water usage wherever possible.

Failure to comply with restrictions may result in a fine or disconnection of service. Active patrolling of streets in Coonabarabran, to check compliance with water restrictions, is being undertaken.

For a range of water saving tips and full details of Level 6 water restrictions, please refer to the Water Update Information page on Council’s website or visit the Council Offices in Coonabarabran or Coolah.


Coonabarabran Water Report

24 April 2018

For the week commencing Monday, 23 April 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 24.8% of dam capacity.

It is expected that outflow from Timor Dam will cease to operate under gravity when the level reaches 20% of capacity. Based on the current depletion rate the cease to gravity flow level will be reached around the start of July 2018. A pump system has been installed to access the water when outflow by gravity is no longer available.
 
Works are continuing on the emergency bores along Timor Road and on infrastructure for raw water delivery at the Water Treatment Plant. This will equip the town of Coonabarabran with emergency water when the Timor Dam is no longer able to provide sufficient water supply.
 
Last week Warrumbungle Shire Council received additional funding for further emergency works on the town’s water supply. The NSW State Government has already contributed $450,000 to undertake pre construction work to establish the emergency bores. On Tuesday, 17 April 2018, they announced a further $525,000 to expand the number of test bores and fit out two (2) of the bores for production.
  
Average daily water consumption over the last five days was 0.67Ml per day. The average daily consumption (Ml per day) recorded over seven (7) days, by week, for the last five (5) weeks is: 

Average daily water consumption over the last five days was 0.67Ml per day. The average daily consumption (Ml per day) recorded over seven (7) days, by week, for the last five (5) weeks is: 

19/03/2018

26/3/2018

2/4/2018

9/4/2018

16/4/2018

23/4/2018

0.8

0.83

0.72

0.81

0.74

0.67

Council greatly appreciates the efforts by residents to minimise water usage at this time. Residents are reminded to continue limiting their water usage wherever possible.

Failure to comply with restrictions may result in a fine or disconnection of service. Active patrolling of streets in Coonabarabran, to check compliance with water restrictions, is being undertaken each day.

Click on the following links for a full range of water saving tips and details of Level 6 water restrictions or visit the Council Offices in Coonabarabran or Coolah.

Coonabarabran Water Report

16 April 2018

For the week commencing Monday, 16 April 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 25.2% of dam capacity.
 
It is expected that outflow from Timor Dam will cease to operate under gravity when the level reaches 20% of capacity. Based on the current depletion rate the cease to gravity flow level will be reached around the start of July 2018. A pump system has been installed to access the water when outflow by gravity is no longer available.
 
The town water supply in Coonabarabran is currently being supplemented by four (4) bores and from the Castlereagh River well in Namoi Street. Long term supply from the river well is not expected to meet demand and may not be sustainable if flow in the river ceases.  

Works are continuing on the emergency bores along Timor Road and on infrastructure for raw water delivery at the Water Treatment Plant. This will equip the town of Coonabarabran with emergency water when the Timor Dam is no longer able to provide sufficient water supply.

Average daily water consumption over the last week was 0.74Ml per day.

The average daily consumption (Ml per day) recorded over seven (7) days, by week, for the last six (6) weeks is: 

12/03/2018

19/03/2018

26/3/2018

2/4/2018

9/4/2018

16/4/2018

0.8

0.8

0.83

0.72

0.81

0.74

Council greatly appreciates the efforts by residents to minimise water usage at this time. Residents are reminded to continue limiting their water usage wherever possible.

Failure to comply with restrictions may result in a fine or disconnection of service. Active patrolling of streets in Coonabarabran, to check compliance with water restrictions, is being undertaken each day.

Coonabarabran Water Report

11 April 2018 

For the week commencing Monday, 9 April 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 25.25% of dam capacity. This is a 0.5% reduction in the last seven (7) days.

It is expected that outflow from Timor Dam will cease to operate under gravity when the level reaches 20% of capacity. Based on the current depletion rate the cease to flow level will be reached around mid-May 2018. A pump out system has been installed to access the water when outflow by gravity is no longer available.
 
Works are continuing on the emergency bores along Timor Road and on infrastructure for raw water delivery at the Water Treatment Plant. This will equip the town of Coonabarabran with emergency water when the Timor Dam is no longer able to provided sufficient water supply.
  
Average daily water consumption over the last week was 0.81Ml per day. No targets have been formally set for average daily consumption, however it is desirable to lower the current consumption rate to an average daily consumption of around 0.45Ml per day.

The average daily consumption (Ml per day) recorded over seven (7) days, by week, for the last six (6) weeks is: 

05/3/2018

12/03/2018

19/03/2018

26/3/2018

2/4/2018

9/4/2018

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.83

0.72

0.81

Residents are asked to continue to limit their water usage wherever possible. Your efforts to minimise use at this time is greatly appreciated.
 
Residents are reminded that failure to comply with restrictions may result in a fine or disconnection of your service. Active patrolling of streets in Coonabarabran, to check compliance with water restrictions, is being undertaken each day.

For a range of water saving tips and full details of Level 6 water restrictions, please refer to the Water Update Information page on Council’s website or visit the Council Offices in Coonabarabran or Coolah.

Coonabarabran Water Report

3 April 2018

For the week commencing Monday, 2 April 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 25.8% of dam capacity. This is a 1.0% reduction in the last seven (7) days.

It is expected that outflow from Timor Dam will cease to operate under gravity when the level reaches 20% of capacity. Based on the current depletion rate the cease to flow level will be reached around mid-May 2018. A pump out system has been installed to access the water when outflow by gravity is no longer available.
 
The town water supply in Coonabarabran continues to be supplemented by four (4) bores and from a river well in Namoi Street. Works are also continuing on the bores along Timor Road and on infrastructure for raw water delivery at the Water Treatment Plant.
 
Water consumers continue to respond well to the onset of low water supplies by reducing consumption. The average daily production of water at the Coonabarabran Water Treatment Plant has continued its downward trend this week.

Average daily water consumption over the last week was 0.72Ml per day. No targets have been formally set for average daily consumption, however it is desirable to lower the current consumption rate to an average daily consumption of around 0.45Ml per day.

The average daily consumption (Ml per day) recorded over seven (7) days, by week, for the last six (6) weeks is: 

26/02/2018

05/3/2018

12/03/2018

19/03/2018

26/3/2018

2/4/2018

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.83

0.72

Residents are asked to continue to limit their water usage wherever possible. Your efforts to minimise use at this time is greatly appreciated.

Residents are reminded that failure to comply with restrictions may result in a fine or disconnection of your service. Active patrolling of streets in Coonabarabran, to check compliance with water restrictions, is being undertaken each day.

For a range of water saving tips and full details of Level 6 water restrictions, please refer to the Water Update Information page on Council’s website or visit the Council Offices in Coonabarabran or Coolah.


Coonabarabran Water Report

19 March 2018

For the week commencing Monday, 19 March 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 27.2% of dam capacity. The water level is at the lowest level in recorded history. With minor inflows in recent months, the water level in the dam has steadily depleted.

It is expected that outflow from Timor Dam will cease to operate under gravity when the level reaches 20% of capacity. A pump out system has been installed to access the water when outflow by gravity is no longer available.

The town water supply in Coonabarabran is currently being supplemented by four (4) bores and from a river well in Namoi Street. Three (3) of these bores pump to the river well where water from the bores and the river is pumped to the Water Treatment Plant along Timor Road. Long term supply from the river well is not expected to meet demand and may not be sustainable if flow in the river ceases.

As an emergency measure, a program of bore construction has commenced along Timor Road. To date seven (7) sites have been identified as potential bore sites. Test drilling has occurred at six (6) of these sites. Assessing the potential of each bore site includes logging of intercepted aquifers as well as water quantity and quality and potential supply rates. To date draw down testing has occurred at the sites in the grounds of the Water Treatment Plant and Nandi Park. Before any of the bores are approved for production it will be necessary to prepare a hydrogeological study of each site and advertise the proposal for 28 days.

Further to these measures, the provision of infrastructure for raw water delivery at the Water Treatment Plant has been identified by the Department of Industry – Water as an important area of work to be planned and progressed. This infrastructure will allow water that is transported from external supplies to be readily received into the Coonabarabran water supply system. Council has been successful in an application for funding for the development of this infrastructure should it be required.

Water consumers in Coonabarabran have generally responded to the onset of low water supplies by reducing consumption. The average daily production of water at the Coonabarabran Water Treatment Plant has trended downwards over recent weeks.

Currently the average daily water production is around 0.8Ml per day. No targets have been formally set for average daily consumption, however it is desirable to lower the current consumption rate to an average daily consumption of around 0.45Ml per day.

The average daily consumption (Ml per day) recorded over seven (7) days, by week, for the last four (4) weeks is: 

19/02/2018

26/02/2018

05/3/2018

12/03/2018

19/03/2018

1.2

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.8

Residents are asked to limit their water usage wherever possible. Your efforts to minimise use at this time is greatly appreciated.

Residents are reminded that failure to comply with restrictions may result in a fine or disconnection of your service. Active patrolling of streets in Coonabarabran, to check compliance with water restrictions, is being undertaken each day.

Click here for a range of water saving tips and full details of Level 6 water restrictions

 

Coonabarabran Water Report


12 March 2018
For the week commencing Monday, 12 March 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 27.9% of dam capacity.

Due to ongoing dry conditions, dropping water supplies and high usage, Level 6 water restrictions are now in place. These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

Although the average daily consumption over the last seven (7) days has dropped, the average daily usage is still higher than it needs to be.

In the week commencing Monday, 12 March 2018, the average daily consumption was 0.9ml/day. This is a reduction in average daily consumption of 0.1ml/day.

The average daily consumption recorded over seven (7) days, by week for the last four (4) weeks is:


19/2/2018

26/2/2018

5/3/2018

12/3/2018

1.2

0.9

0.9

0.8


Council advises that the average daily consumption will need to continue to reduce. The aim for average daily consumption is 0.4ml per day.

To help achieve this, residents are asked to limit their water usage wherever possible.


Your efforts to minimise use at this time is greatly appreciated.


Residents are reminded that failure to comply with restrictions may result in a fine or disconnection of your service. Active patrolling of streets in Coonabarabran, to check compliance with water restrictions, is being undertaken each day.

Click here for a range of water saving tips or here for full details of Level 6 water restrictions.


Coonabarabran Water Update

6 Mar 2018

Preparation of alternative water sources for the Coonabarabran water supply is continuing with investigations into a number of new bores in the area.

“While Coonabarabran had some good rainfall last week this has, unfortunately, only had a minor positive effect on the Timor Dam” said Warrumbungle Shire Mayor, Councillor Peter Shinton.

“Council is continuing to progress the investigation of a number of bore sites in and around Coonabarabran.”

  

Click here to view the full version of the media release.

  

 

Level 6 Water Restrictions for Residents of Coonabarabran

6 Mar 2018
Level 6 water restrictions will come into effect in Coonabarabran from midnight on Monday, 5 March 2018.

Warrumbungle Shire Council has had to make this decision due to ongoing dry conditions, dropping water supplies and high usage levels.

As of Monday, 5 March 2018, the water level at Timor Dam was 28.1% of dam capacity. The current dam level is the lowest level that it has been since its construction in 1964 and is lower than the worst level recorded during the 2002 – 2010 Millennium Drought.

Residents are encouraged to limit their water usage and preserve water wherever possible.

For a range of water saving tips and for full details of Level 6 water restrictions, please refer to the Warrumbungle Water page on Council’s website.