Level 6 water restrictions are in place for Murrurundi from midnight tonight (Wednesday 11th July).
The restriction is in place until further notice as the level of Murrurundi Dam drops to less than 5 metres with only 16 per cent usable volume left after less than 170 mm of rainfall this year. The dam is at 36 per cent capacity.
Level 6 means that town water must not be used for watering lawns or gardens, topping up pools or water features or washing outside surfaces or vehicles.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said Council is seeking additional sources of water.
“After level 6 restrictions, we face emergency measures. Field work is underway to find new bore locations and we are seeking funds from the state government for new pipe infrastructure and – in the worst case scenario – to truck more water into town,” he said.
“Under the current weather conditions and infrastructure, the system would only provide sufficient potable water until the end of this year, so we need to find other sources, prior to the completion of the Scone to Murrurundi pipeline in 2020.”
Residents and businesses are asked to do all they can to conserve water. Level 6 water restrictions aim to reduce use of town water by 85 per cent which amounts to 140 litres per person per day. Currently, Murrurundi is consuming an average of 166 litres per person per day.
“We know that most residents are taking their water conservation very seriously. We need everyone to get on board, particularly as we head toward Spring,” Cr Bedggood said.
The Scone to Murrurundi Water Pipeline project is on target to be completed in 2020. The Pipeline will provide Murrurundi with a secure water source from Lake Glenbawn which will travel 40km underground to Murrurundi reservoirs.
Image credit: Upper Hunter Shire Council