Weekend rain delays harsher water restrictions for Tweed

Good news for Tweed residents, the weekend of rain has delayed escalating water restrictions for the region.

Level two restrictions will remain in place for now, though the move to level 3 has been pushed back at least another 10 weeks.

The Water and Wastewater Manager Anthony Burnham says the weekend rain lifted the water level in the dam from 68 per cent on Friday to 79 per cent.


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“Falls of up to 180mm in the catchment have given us the reprieve we so badly wanted.

“But we are not out of the woods yet and need good follow-up rain to fill Clarrie Hall Dam.

“With the height of the Tweed River now at 1.2 metres at Bray Park Weir, we are no longer reliant on releases from the dam to supply drinking water to the community.

“But the rain in the catchment has now stopped and there is no more forecast for this coming week so we are still looking at life under Level 2 water restrictions for some time yet,” Mr Burnham said.

Meantime, Tyalgum residents could be without water restrictions as soon as tomorrow, with the village weir now looking very full.

Council had been tankering water in from the main town water supply since early November.

Council made use of the weir’s time offline, carrying out necessary repairs including excavating 1.5 metres of silt out of the bottom of the weir, and stabilising the weir banks with rocks to prevent further erosion.

“With the height of the Tweed River now at 1.2 metres at Bray Park Weir, we are no longer reliant on releases from the dam to supply drinking water to the community.

“But the rain in the catchment has now stopped and there is no more forecast for this coming week so we are still looking at life under Level 2 water restrictions for some time yet,” Mr Burnham said.

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