Local residents at Stuart Town in New South Wales can now access up to 60,000L of non-potable water a day for stock and domestic use from a new bore providing water for the village.
Dubbo Regional Council successfully drilled the bore 2km west of the village and installed a connecting pipeline that fills two 20,000L storage tanks at the new filling station.
Non-drinking bore water for filling of portable tanks will be charged at 39 cents a kilolitre.
The amount of water that can be provided is limited. The scheme also provides a backup supply for firefighting.
Access to the bore water is for Stuart Town residents only who will apply for their water station filling key at DRC customer service centres in Wellington or Dubbo after completing a special application form and paying a refundable $40 key deposit.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor, Ben Shields, said the bore was part of Council’s commitment to investment in new infrastructure across the region to help grow local communities and build community resilience during the drought.
“The Stuart Mill bore is another vital improvement in improving services for all towns in the region and is particularly welcome after almost a year of planning, drilling and construction of a pipeline to the village storage tanks,” Mr Shields said.
The $556,000 Stuart Town bore project was funded by Dubbo Regional Council from its $1 million Federal Government Drought Support Package announced with approval of the received earlier in 2019.