MORE than 30 water users have approached Tamworth council to ask if they can tap into council's Dungowan pipeline to get access to their water entitlements, once the Peel River's flow is cut off at the end of the month.
The Loomberah Heights Water Users Association, representing 31 properties, has a 60-megalitre stock and domestic licence and has asked to tap into the pipeline, which runs through some of the group's properties.
A landholder with a 50-megalitre high security entitlement has also made a similar request.
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Councillors will consider the request at Tuesday night's meeting. In a report to councillors, TRC water director Bruce Logan recommended the council should endeavour to help the water users where possible.
"It should be noted that it may not be possible for council to help all of the entitlement holders in these two groups but, where possible, council would consider assisting in some way," Mr Logan wrote.
"This may be the first of many approaches to council from property owners with various classes of entitlements to water in the Peel Valley, seeking assistance from council as their water supplies reduce or stop.
"It is therefore recommended council consider first whether it would be willing to help where possible, and if so, who it may be willing to help and the conditions associated with any help provided."
Should council agree to help the water users, there will be a number of conditions including a $124 fee per megalitre, which will go towards the pipe's maintenance costs.
In other water news, the state government will put $1.45m towards the 120-megalitre dam at the Calala water treatment plant.