COUNCIL will soon install seven new bulk water filling stations around the region as it puts the $1 million federal government drought relief package to use.
New units, similar to one recently installed at Lockheed Street, will be placed in Attunga, Barraba, Bendemeer, Kootingal, Manilla, Nundle and Tamworth giving outer-lying residents improved access to bulk water.
Tamworth Regional Council will spend $350,000 on the purchase and installation of the units, which includes laying road pavement and concrete slabs at each new station.
The rest of the drought assistance kitty will go towards the upgrade of cattle grids including the sealing of approaches to grids on council’s gravel roads.
Earlier this year, council installed seven standpipes through the region giving people free access to smaller volumes of water as part of its own drought relief initiative, but these stations will be metered with tap-and-go credit card payment capabilities.
Under the rules of the program all funding must be spent by June 30, 2019.