Red line indicates 2016/17 production requirements. Shaded blue indicates comparison with 5 year average. Green line indicated production demands to date for 2017/18.
“The six spikes were well above the average usage, over a 5 year period, for the particular time of the year. The need to remove pressure on the plant necessitated the introduction of Level 1 and later Level 2 water conservation measures,” Councillor Hope said
“As the weather warms up Council urges residents to be wise with water consumption. Production levels have remained relatively stable since September and are currently below average. At current production levels the old WTP can meet demand, however, if demand levels similar to recent summers are experienced in the coming weeks, water conservation measures may need to be introduced,” Councillor Hope said.
“Although last week’s announcement that the State Government has committed $10 million as their share towards completing the Regional Water Supply Strategy, in partnership with the Federal Government and Council, it will be around two years before the $27 million project is completed. In the interim, the Werris Creek community must endeavour to conserve water usage, to maintain supply from the old plant, during the hotter days.
“Quipolly Dam is down 1.9%, compared to last month, at 75.3%. This is despite good rainfall in November which failed to generate stream flow. The only water received to the dam was via direct rainfall over the dam surface,” he continued.
“The Quirindi supply bore levels have improved slightly with the recent rain and a drop in water demand caused by milder conditions. Production has stabilised at a level typical of recent years through November. Progress on Bore 6 remains on track for production from the new bore to commence prior to Christmas.
“Council’s other village supply bore levels remain normal,” he said.
“All consumers, through all systems, are requested to ensure that water is not wasted. While our supplies are in a healthy position, we are never guaranteed rainfall so we should all endeavour to make every drop count,” Councillor Hope concluded.