** UPDATE: The Beecher Street Tinonee water access point will now remain open, and be available for those affected by bushfire only from 7am until 5.30pm. The opening times for Coglan Street Wingham, will also be 7am – 5.30pm.
Mid-coast (Gloucester, Taree, Great Lakes) council is scaling back emergency water access points as demand falls from those affected by November’s bushfires.
Water access points at Coglan Avenue Wingham and Mill Street Krambach will remain open for those who require emergency water as a result of the bushfires. The Wingham point will operate daily from 6.30am until 5.30pm. Both water points will be electronically monitored to prevent misuse.
Water access points to be closed from Monday 13 January include Bulga and Gloucester Roads at Wingham, Beecher Street Tinonee, and Gloucester Road at Nabiac.
Those still needing emergency water after the closure of the refill points should call council on 0436 936 696.
Water obtained from the emergency water access is not permitted to be used for any other activities such as garden watering or pool top-ups.
We’re pleased that most people have been able to recover so quickly in terms of their need for water, and of course we’ll continue to provide some points for access where there continues to be a need,” said Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Rob Scott.
With the MidCoast region currently facing a severe water shortage due to the prolonged drought, we need to ensure that emergency water is being used for the intended purpose – for stock watering and rural domestic use and only by those affected by bushfires.”
With the long term forecast indicating very little rainfall, level 4 severe water restrictions remain in place, and Manning, Great Lakes, and Gloucester residents and visitors should to cease all outdoor water use.
MidCoast Council is progressing plans to support the water supply for the Manning and Forster – Tuncurry communities with urgent work on the Nabiac Aquifer plant and a temporary water desalination plant on the Wallamba River.
Visit midcoast.nsw.gov.au for details on water restrictions and keeping gardens alive using grey water over this summer.