Murrurundi residents are being urged to try and reduce water after an increase in use but not an increase in rainfall.
The town devastated by drought has been on level six water restrictions since July last year - that's the time when the town went from level 5 to level 6, the town of around 900 people was consuming an average of 166 kilolitres (kL) per day.
In December 2018 the town was using an average of 188kL per day, but in February 2019 that had risen to 250kL and usage has remained at this elevated level.
“We know that many residents are taking their water conservation very seriously, but we need everyone to renew their efforts,” Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said.
Council has introduced emergency measures to supplement the water supply: a $225,000 bore in September 2018; and commencing water carting from Scone in January 2019 at a cost to date of approximately $160,000.
Right now, there are still four trucks a day carting water to town to top up supply.
Those measures are funded from the shire-wide Water Fund and financial assistance is also coming from the NSW Government but it only covers supply as determined by the restrictions. Increased consumption is not subsidised.
Council says they could save ratepayers substantial money if water use drops because Council would then only need to use in-town infrastructure and be able to stop water carting.
Under level 6 restrictions ‘town’ water must not be used for watering of lawns or gardens, topping up of pools or water features, or washing outside surfaces or vehicles. Shorter showers, shallow baths, filling dishwashers before use and other ways of minimising water use are encouraged.
Residents are also urged to be on the look out and contact Council immediately if they see evidence of leaks or other water wastage.
Residents, especially new residents, who have any questions about water restrictions can drop into Council or call 6540 1100 for more information.
For more information on water saving tips visit https://www.hunterwater.com.au/Save-Water/In-the-Home/In-the-Home.aspx
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