Nimmitabel hit by water restrictions

JUST a week after the state government promised $5.3 million for a secure water supply at Nimmitabel, the town has been put on level 6 water restrictions.

They came in to effect on Wednesday, and act as a timely reminder of the need for a secure water supply for Nimmitabel.

Last week, the state government promised $5.3 million for the Lake Wallace Dam project being undertaken by Cooma-Monaro Shire Council.

Initial studies have been completed for the proposed 320 ML dam, which has to go through a four stage approvals process, expected to be completed by April.

The council had put the project on hold late last year due to a lack of funding.

In a media release issued by the council on Monday, the decision to enforce the level 6 restictions comes in the wake of dry conditions.

"Water flow into the pumping pondage on the McLaughlin River has ceased, and with no predicted rain, restrictions are required to be placed on water usage in Nimmitabel," it said.

The restrictions will apply to all properties connected to the Nimmitabel Water Supply Scheme until further notice.

The council will be carrying out random meter checks to ensure compliance.

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources has advises that for domestic use, consumers should be using approximately 135 L per person per day.

Non potable water will be available at the council depot site, Bentley Street, from 8.30am Monday January 20 from a 25 kl tank from which residents may obtain additional water for their garden.

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