Chifley Dam lowest November on record in eight years

Chifley Dam lowest November on record in eight years

By Jay-Anna Mobbs

 

Chifley Dam’s water level is at an all time low dropping to its lowest November on record in eight years.

The dams’s capacity on Tuesday sat at 84.9 per cent, with the previous weeks water level recorded at 86 per cent.

Rainfall in the Bathurst region has affected the current water level as rainfall for the year has been well below average. Approximately 570.1 millimetres is received annually, however only 337.3 millimetres has been recorded.

Mayor of Bathurst, Graeme Hanger said wise water choices by locals is an opportunity to preserve the water supply in Chifley Dam.

“Council encourages residents to be water wise at all times, and this strategy will be an important tool in continuing to cater for a growing population,” Mr Hanger said.

Cr Hanger further said simple measures such as turning off a leaking tap can make a dramatic difference to water usage.

“There are plenty of things that can help save water such as checking sprinklers and irrigation equipment to make sure they only water gardens and lawns and avoid watering in the middle of the day.”

Bathurst Regional Council has a Drought Management Strategy in place if Chifley Dam reaches 40 per cent capacity.

 

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