Gunnedah offers free water to help with drought

Olympic pool of water there for the taking at Gunnedah


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A pool of water for the taking at Gunnedah.

A pool of water for the taking at Gunnedah.

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Small gesture of water from council in dry times

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Gunnedah is offering two megalitres of water for free to farmers and landholders struggling with the drought.

The non-potable water is contained in the town’s new Olympic pool that is under construction.

The council said it didn’t want to waste the water with the drought on and said anyone interested in collecting the water can book in with council.

The pool was recently filled to test the structure.

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Acting Director Infrastructure Services Daniel Noble said with the region currently experiencing drought conditions, Hines has made allowances in its construction program to make the water available to the community after the testing is complete.

“Being a regionally based company, Hines is aware of the issues people are experiencing with the drought conditions,” Mr Noble said.

“The company is allowing Council to set up a temporary stand pipe so community members are able to access the water free of charge.

“There will be approximately 2.2 mega litres of non-potable water available, which will be allocated to those who book in with Council and have appropriate means of collecting the water.”

The council said interested parties are asked to contact Council to request an amount and book in a time on Monday, 9 July 2018 to collect the water. “The stand pipe will be manned from 7.00am to 5.00pm. A disclaimer will need to be signed noting the water is not for human consumption – non-potable only.”

If you are interested in obtaining some of the non-potable water or have any questions, please call Council’s Infrastructure Services Department on (02) 6740 2100.

The council said it realised it was only a small gesture in the existing tough drought conditions.

Some councils have ben offering free water to ratepayers in some areas of the state.

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