A FOUNTAIN in one of the city's biggest parks will be drained after council workers discovered it had leaked about 170 kilolitres of water.
The water feature in Bicentennial Park near Number One Oval will be out of action for eight weeks as Tamworth Regional Council fixes the leak.
"Staff recently discovered a substantial leak from the smaller pond near the fountain and we want to address it urgently in light of our region's current drought conditions where we are all very conscious with conserving water," sports and recreation manager Paul Kelly said.
"We want to let our community and park visitors know that today we are starting to drain the pond.
"It will be left for a couple of weeks to dry out and then it will be replaced with an underground tank connected to bore water to directly supply the fountain. The tank will be covered in soil and then will be grassed.
The future of the larger pond near the fountain is unclear as the council reviews its Bicentennial Park master-plan.
The council has engaged consultants to develop a number of concept designs.