Reduced flows force Nundle residents to cut water usage

THE use of water sprinklers and hoses will be limited in Nundle from tomorrow when level one water restrictions come into force as a result of reduced flows in the Peel River.

River flows have been dropping steadily due to a lack of recent rainfall in the catchment area and this week the flow receded to a trickle, Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) water enterprises director Bruce Logan said.

“Water is drawn from the Peel River pump well adjacent to the weir at Nundle. However, when the water level draws down more than six metres, under council’s drought management plan, level one water restrictions are applied,” Mr Logan said.

Under level one water restrictions, sprinklers and fixed hoses can only be used for watering of gardens and lawns between 6pm and 8pm.

Hand-held hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle can only be used for watering of lawns, gardens and vehicle washing from 6pm to 8am.

Water-efficient drip irrigation is allowed from 6pm to 8am and pools can be topped up at any time.

TRC mayor Col Murray and general manager Paul Bennett made the decision on Wednesday to implement the restrictions.

Nundle is the only area of the Tamworth region that will enter into level one water restrictions at this stage.

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