Rain welcome but dams still low

THE rain has put a smile on the face of farmers, but has made little difference to the Tamworth area’s storage dams. 

As of late yesterday, Chaffey Dam had received 49 megalitres of inflow in the previous 24-hour period, putting the water level at about 35.8 per cent of its capacity, and Dungowan Dam hadn’t fared any better.

Tamworth Regional Council water sustainability officer Ian Lobban said it meant Level 2 water restrictions remained in place, and Chaffey has only to drop to 35 per cent before those shift to Level 3, meaning the banning of sprinklers.

Mr Lobban urged residents to be mindful that hotter days were not far away. 

“Tamworth has a variable climate and our water supply levels rise and fall. The good times will return, but for now, green gardens and swimming pools need to take a back seat to ensure we have enough water for essential purposes,” he said.

As of late yesterday, Chaffey Dam had received 49 megalitres of inflow in the previous 24-hour period, putting the water level at about 35.8 per cent of its capacity, and Dungowan Dam hadn’t fared any better.

Tamworth Regional Council water sustainability officer Ian Lobban said it meant Level 2 water restrictions remained in place, and Chaffey has only to drop to 35 per cent before those shift to Level 3, meaning the banning of sprinklers.

Mr Lobban urged residents to be mindful that hotter days were not far away. 

“Tamworth has a variable climate and our water supply levels rise and fall. The good times will return, but for now, green gardens and swimming pools need to take a back seat to ensure we have enough water for essential purposes,” he said.

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