Two 20,000 litre tanks will be installed at Bundarra showground to ensure residents never have to struggle with boiling their water again.
Uralla Shire Council were forced on January 18 to issue a ‘boil water alert’ for the village’s water supply due to elevated turbidity.
In the midst of a crippling drought, Bundarra residents were supported by 2NZ and GemFM who launched a bottled water drive.
In just three business days, thousands of litres of water had been donated by listeners and local businesses leaving 2NZ breakfast host James 'Monte' Irvine speechless.
Bunnings Inverell and BEST Employment decided to support a small community who continue to support them by purchasing a tank each.
Bunnings Inverell made an initial donation of 650 litres of water in various-sized containers but wanted to do more for the village.
After speaking with the Bundarra Lions Club, Bunnings found there was no adequate storage for large quantities of water and decided to change that.
“On Friday afternoon Bunnings told me they wanted to donate a 20,000 litre tank to install at the showground for residents to use, covering all costs.
“BEST Employment and Community Shed have since matched the donation by purchasing a second tank for Bundarra.”
In the next two weeks the tanks will be ready for use with local business Christie's Plumbing and Septic Cleaning pledging to donate time and resources to fill them once installed.
Around nine Inverell builders have also agreed to take the Bunnings’ water trailer out daily to fill up residents private tanks.
“I’m blown away. These two tanks ensure that if Bundarra ever runs into this issue of unsafe tap water again, they don’t need to rely on boiling every bit of water the want to use,” Mr Irvine said.
In the meantime, he encouraged locals to continue making bottled water donations by dropping them off to the radio station at 167 Byron Street.
“I hope the water problem is fixed within the next two weeks, but until it is we’re still accepting donations and encourage anyone who wants to help out to get in contact with us,” he said.