Mayor's Weekly Message: 18 March 2019
You may not be aware that Council manages our region’s water supply, and is responsible for providing safe, clean water for our community.
We’re constantly reviewing the way we manage our water supply to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community today, and are also looking at our future needs, including the infrastructure and resources we’ll need to ensure we can continue to provide a reliable water supply for our growing community.
We’ve just experienced one of our driest summers on record, and really feel for our farmers and those doing it particularly tough through this drought period. We can only hope that rain is received soon, where it is needed most.
You might have seen through media reports that a number of regions in NSW have introduced water restrictions, with some regions having such low water supply levels that they are approaching emergency status.
In our region we are lucky that we still have a healthy supply in our 2 storage dams, the Port Macquarie Dam and the Cowarra Dam, in Wauchope. To fill these dams we rely on being able to extract water from the Hastings River, which has not happened since November last year due to low river water levels.
So we are relying on the water that is stored in our 2 dams, and at the time of writing this message we had a combined storage level of 71%. This is very close to the 70% trigger level, which is when we consider introducing Level 1 water restrictions. Should this occur we will be sure to let you know.
As a community, we are doing a really good job in conserving water and I encourage you to keep it up. Our website has lots of hints and tips, and you can also pick up a brochure at our customer service centres.
Let’s all hope for some decent rain soon.