On Friday (21 February 2020) water restrictions were lifted across the MidCoast LGA.
Easing of restrictions are due to strong rainfall, available flow in the Manning River, the ability to fill Bootawa Dam and long term forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology.
MidCoast Council aid it will continue to implement long term water security measures to prepare for future drought, while relaxing restrictions.
Rob Scott, MidCoast Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, said it’s important for the community to understand that the decision to lift restrictions is not taken lightly. Council can only legislatively impose water restrictions when there is a definite shortage of water or where the capacity of the system is not able to keep up with demand.
We really couldn’t have gotten through the worst drought in more than 140 years without the commitment and perseverance of our community and we’re very thankful for their efforts.”
We know that our system is one of the last ones to enter water restrictions. Our water restrictions can be quite harsh, however we also come out of restrictions quite fast once flows return to the Manning River,” Mr. Scott said.
Fortunately, our region has been able to recover and regenerate quite quickly but our long term water security doesn’t stop here. We’ll be updating our long term strategies, engaging with the community and working on plans to ensure our water supply infrastructure is able to adapt to our changing climate and meet future demands.
We have also proven the viability of the alternative water supply available through the bore field at Nabiac and shown that this can be increased over the short term to meet our demands so we don’t run out of water.”
Council will continue with existing long term proposals to build new dams at Peg Leg Creek and Gloucester as well as increasing the size of the existing storage at Stroud.
For more information about our water supply, visit Council’s website.