MidCoast Council's Rob Scott has hit out at comments on social media concerning the state of our water supply.
"We are extremely disappointed that some local social media pages are scare-mongering and unnecessarily causing panic among the community," council's director of infrastructure and engineering services said.
He was referring to "unsubstantiated rumours that some Mid Coast supplies will run out of water or that town water supplies would be cut off to dairy farmers on Oxley Island."
The rumours "are totally false and are damaging to community wellbeing."
Mr Scott called on the community to ensure they go to council's website for the correct information on water restrictions and long term water security plans.
He said MidCoast Council will work with dairy farmers reliant on town water supplies to investigate alternative water supplies and there are no plans to stop providing water to livestock.
"We want to reassure our community that we are managing the water supply, we have plans in place to ensure our community will continue to receive water, prioritising public health, safety and keeping animals alive," he said.
"What we really need is for everyone to get on board with water restrictions - that means no outdoor water use for most of the Mid Coast, and being aware of lowering water use indoors too.
"If we can lower our daily usage to below 17 megalitres a day, the Manning-Great Lakes supply will last into next year without any further rainfall.
"If we all work together and comply with severe water restrictions, our modelling shows that along with emergency provisions, there will be enough water to get by."
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