Tweed residents are being urged to save water now to delay the start of water restrictions.
Despite recent rains, the water situation is still critically low, with the dam level falling a whopping one percent a week.
Council last week banned water carting from the Tyalgum supply, adding to the water carting ban already in place on the Uki supply.
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Further water restrictions on the Tyalgum supply are likely to be imposed soon as flows in Tyalgum Creek slow, and if there is no significant rain, it’s expected that restrictions on the town supply via Bray Park Water Treatment Plant will also be imposed before Christmas.
It’s understood the Clarrie Hall Dam is currently sitting at 96 per cent but dropping about one per cent a week, as Council continues to release 40 megalitres a day to supplement river flows and guarantee supply at Bray Park Weir.
Water and Wastewater Manager Anthony Burnham says level 1 water restrictions will be imposed when the dam reaches 75 percent full – which could be as early as Christmas.
“Elsewhere in the country we are seeing the impact of the ongoing drought – and now fires – and we urge Tweed residents not to be complacent about water security here because we, too, can be caught short.”
It’s understood Tweed residents are currently using 191 litres per person per day, with a target of 160 litres per person per day.
“In 2013, Tweed residents showed they could use less by achieving 169 litres per person a day,” Mr Burnham said.
“We then reduced that target to 160 litres per person a day and now is the time to achieve this Target 160L and extend the life of our finite water supplies.”
Council is also continuing to work towards ensuring a safe and secure water supply for the future – with plans to raise the wall of the Clarrie Hall Dam underway.
It’s also working on protecting the raw water supply at Bray Park Weir from increasingly frequent threats of tidal inundation.
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