MidCoast Council is progressing plans to irrigate parts of the Taree Recreation Grounds with treated water, to provide a reliable source of irrigation for the playing fields during times of dry weather.
The fields haven't been irrigated in recent months when severe level 4 water restrictions were in place. Council's director of liveable communities, Paul De Szell, confirmed planning is well underway for the project. However several aspects are still to be resolved.
"The treated water available to be used at the recreation ground does not have the same standard of treatment as the water used at some of our other playing fields, particularly in Tuncurry - and therefore additional controls are required to be put in place," Mr De Szell explained.
Controls would include the installation of fencing around the fields to be watered to ensure the irrigation can be managed and supervised without contact with the public during the time of irrigation.
A report on the plan, and a recommendation to fund the installation of the fencing from funding provided by developer contributions is expected to go to the March meeting of MidCoast Council.
Northern Eagles touch football moved the junior championships from Taree to Tuncurry because of the poor conditions of the recreation ground fields.