Level 5 restrictions in place at Murrurundi

Upper Hunter Shire Council general manager Steve McDonald and Murrurundi town water supervisor James Davis at Murrurundi Dam.
Upper Hunter Shire Council general manager Steve McDonald and Murrurundi town water supervisor James Davis at Murrurundi Dam.

LEVEL 5 water restrictions are in place for Murrurundi from midnight, Wednesday, May 16, until further notice. 

Unfortunately, the town has received only 155mm total rainfall over the four and a half months of 2018. 

Level 5 restrictions include: 

· No watering of lawns 

· Watering gardens: Bucket or watering can be used between 1pm and 3pm on Sunday only. 

· No water to be used for pools, water features, washing exterior surfaces or cars. 

Residents and businesses are asked to do all they can to conserve water. 

Level 5 water restrictions aim to reduce use of town water by 70 per cent, which amounts to 180 litres per person per day. 

The Scone to Murrurundi Water Pipeline project is progressing and on target to be completed in 2020. 

It will provide Murrurundi with a secure water source from Lake Glenbawn, which will travel 40km underground to Murrurundi reservoirs. 

Council will be applying for an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit and will continue to establish easement agreements. 

The concept design and contracts are also anticipated to be finalised over the coming months. 

The project is estimated to cost $14.2 million, with over $13 million in funding provided by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program. 

The remainder of the project funding has been provided by Upper Hunter Shire Council. 

More information on water restrictions can be seen on the council’s website www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au or contact council on 6540 1100.