PRECIOUS drinking water used by construction companies will be saved now that Tamworth Regional Council voted to switch them to a bore.
The city's 10 construction companies, which guzzle about 30ML of potable water each year, will use a bore on Marius Street instead.
But, they might have to pay more for water, with the price to be reviewed in the next financial year.
At the moment, private companies will pay 0.21 cents per kilolitre, which both councillors Helen Tickle and Glenn Inglis agreed was too cheap.
The Marius Street bore can release about eight litres per second and can be accessed with a card linked to each business to be billed for the water used for road construction and more.