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Region’s water consumption behaviours now on display

The Armidale region was burdened by the worst drought on record last year and now residents can compare water usage and dam storage levels dating back to pre-drought conditions to help in our ongoing water conservation efforts.

The region’s water usage and dam level statistics are being published on Council’s website each week to showcase past and present water consumption behaviours and guide residents on our ‘new normal’ for water consumption.

Armidale Regional Council Interim Administrator Viv May said while Council capably managed the emergency water conditions over the past year, our water supply still hasn’t completely recovered and we must continue to be vigilant.

“Publishing these statistics will show residents comparisons in dam levels and demand compared to previous years. The comparisons are remarkable to see following last year’s record low rainfall and run off into the dams.

“While residents should be highly commended for their water saving efforts, I encourage the community to continue to keep up the great work and maintain the target consumption of 180 Litres per person per day,” said Mr May.

Residents are reminded to be mindful of their water usage, particularly with the increase in water charges.

“Water is a precious resource and should not be wasted. We all need to have a greater appreciation of the value of this resource,” said Mr May.

Consultation will commence from next week on the development of a new Drought Management Plan. Key stakeholder sessions are being conducted next week in Armidale and Guyra followed by a community survey for the community to share their views on the future of water management in the Armidale region.

Council is aiming to adopt a new Drought Management Plan by the end of March 2021.

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