While drought conditions linger across NSW, MidCoast Council says it is closely monitoring water storage across the region in the coming weeks and is urging everyone to be water-wise.
Currently water storages are full, but the dry, hot weather during the holiday period means that usage figures are peaking – up to 35 million litres per day, compared to around 25 million litres per day once the holidays are over.
MidCoast Council operates five water supply systems across the region covering the Manning, Great Lakes, Bulahdelah, Stroud, Gloucester and Tea Gardens areas. All supplies are dependent on local rivers except for the Tea Gardens supply which is a groundwater source.
The newly constructed Nabiac Inland Dune Aquifer Water Supply system is undergoing final testing, with a launch planned for next month. This system will improve water security by providing a second groundwater source to complement the Manning River supply.
While we haven’t reached the trigger points for introducing water restrictions just yet, the next few weeks are crucial and we’re closely monitoring usage, rainfall, river and storage levels.Brendan Guiney
Both river and groundwater levels, along with water consumption, are constantly monitored as part of council’s management of water supplies.
“While we haven’t reached the trigger points for introducing water restrictions just yet, the next few weeks are crucial and we’re closely monitoring usage, rainfall, river and storage levels,” council’s director of water services, Brendan Guiney said.
“We are asking our community to help us out by being mindful of water use over the coming weeks and taking part in our voluntary summer water saving program,” he said.
The key message is 'don’t spray in the middle of the day' - reduce your outdoor water use between the hours of 9am and 4pm.
MidCoast Council continues to closely monitor the situation and will advise the community should water restrictions become necessary.
For more water saving tips, please visit midcoastwater.com.au/site/summer-water-savers.
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