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Water carting four times a day to Murrurundi with a contractor on standby to cart more should it be needed

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Water is now being carted four times a day to Murrurundi with a contractor on standby to cart more should it be needed.

Upper Hunter Shire Council is carting water from Scone to the pre-treatment lagoon at Murrurundi Dam and that water is being piped from Glenbawn Dam and from Council's hydrant standpipes in Scone.

Currently 120,000 litres each weekday is being delivered, but that is likely to increase if the hot weather continues.

The majority of the town's water is still coming from the emergency water bore and the Page River gallery. 

The emergency water is pumping 1.75 litres a second, around 150,00 litres a day. The town’s daily consumption is around 230,000 litres a day and the carted water will cover the shortfall without leaving excess water to be lost to evaporation.

The water is being tested twice daily to ensure the water continues to meet national safety standards and weekly microbiological and algae toxicity tests are analysed by the NSW State Laboratory and supplied to NSW Health.

Mayor Wayne Bedggood said he can't see the water carting stopping in the near future.

"We are working on getting more water out of the dam but to be honest we are at the stage where trucking will just continue on until proper rainfall and that's not in the foreseeable future."

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In terms of the emergency water bore, Mayor Bedggood said it is going well. 

"The bore is coping fairly well at the moment, when I say the bore, there are two bores running, the one we originally put down and that's been dropped down a further 38 metres. So that's drawing from a depth of 185 metres at the moment which is very deep and the Pages River bore that's been there but only pumps about 50 kilolitres a day so its supplementary to the whole supply."

There have been a few residents reporting dirty water flowing from their taps.

Mayor Bedggood said there have been enough complaints for it to be a concern.

"What we believe is happening is that because of the restrictions people haven't been using their external lines and people haven't been using water anywhere near the way that they would be."

"The other thing is Council hasn't been able to flush the lines so what we do is we incrementally go around and flush water lines and obviously that water goes down into the stormwater drains and in times like these you don't want to be seen flushing water down the road," he said.

“In the near future what we would like to do is go back to flushing those lines, we’re looking at a containment system where the water wouldn’t be wasted, it would be captured and used again."

Council is urging anyone who experiences dirty water in their line to call Council.

That way Council can record which pipes are causing issues and therefore which pipes to eventually flush first.

Simply running the water for a couple of minutes should clean out the pipes.

If you are experiencing ongoing water quality issues contact Council on 6540 1100 or visit one of the Council offices.

Murrurundi has been on level six water restrictions since July 2018.

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Water is filtered through the Water Treatment Plant and tested again before reaching taps. The Litree Water Treatment Plant uses hollow fibre ultrafiltration membranes to finely filter water and has been working since the end of 2017.

Image credit: Grant Broadcasters/Jessica Rouse and Upper Hunter Shire Council