MidCoast Council has decided to cancel plans for a temporary desalination plant at Nabiac

 

With good rainfall across the region in January, and predictions for more in February, MidCoast Council has decided to cancel plans for a temporary desalination plant at Nabiac.

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The decision has put Council in the firing line of some criticism.

Council response and explanation as follows:

“After good rainfall a week ago, the project was suspended while we assessed our situation across the region in regards to water security. We have advised relevant authorities of the decision this week, and we’re confident that with the changing weather conditions and the expansion of the Nabiac borefield, the desalination project is not likely to be required in the near future,” said Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Rob Scott.

The bushfire emergency water access points will also be closed and capped from next week. “Demand on these sites has dropped significantly and water is now available from other sources,” Mr Scott said.

“Good rainfall through January in the catchment has allowed us to start refilling Bootawa Dam with levels increasing from 30% just two weeks ago to above 50% this week.”

“There is more rain predicted for next week and we will be in a good position to review water restrictions, there is a possibility we may be able to ease restrictions in February.”

Severe level 4 water restrictions have been in place across most of the MidCoast since 25 November last year, and residents and local business have felt the impact of the water shortage.

“We are mindful of the considerable impact that severe restrictions place on our community, and we’re looking to provide some respite as soon as we can be confident that there’s enough water in our storages to continue to provide for our community,” said Mr Scott.

“As always, our community has pulled together and worked hard to reduce water use and we thank everyone for their efforts.”

For now, everyone is encouraged to keep up the good efforts so far to conserve water, stick with level 4 restrictions (or level 3 in Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest) and watch out for new announcements.

For more information about water restrictions, and to keep updated on current developments, please visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/waterrestrictions.

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