Barrington River Flow Resumes

Gloucester water coming back online.

Barrington River – January 2020 catchment rainfall

MidCoast Council is pumping water from the Barrington River after substantial rain in the catchment last week.

“Beginning this week, we are working towards returning the Gloucester water treatment plant to normal operations – which will take a few days – so we are gradually transitioning to supplying Gloucester with water extracted from the River,” said MidCoast Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Rob Scott.

Since late December, Council had been trucking water from the Tea Gardens Aquifer to Gloucester to fill town reservoirs after the Barrington River ceased to flow.

The trucks will continue to provide a supplement to the water supply, with Council gradually reducing the number of trips as the plant comes back online.

We are also sending a truck to Stroud to top up the water storage, and sending another to top up our reservoir at Kolodong near Taree, as a trial just in case that’s ever required in future,” said Mr Scott.

We’re pleased that the rainfall has allowed us some reprieve, but Severe level 4 water restrictions are continuing for now, until we can be sure we have enough water to get through the hotter weather ahead.”

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