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Work commences to link emergency bores

Council crews have begun to construct the underground piping and pumping network that will link the emergency bores to the Guyra Water Treatment Plant.

Last year, when the region’s water supply was at critical levels, Council engaged a hydrogeologist to identify sites with the greatest likelihood of significant underground water at depth. Drilling contractors were engaged and test sites were drilled across the Local Government Area.  

Guyra did yield positive test drilling bore sites and Council is now investing in infrastructure to provide emergency water supply in the event of the region experiencing severe drought conditions in the future. Early testing of the water quality is showing positive results however final connection to the water treatment plant will not proceed until Council meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and ARC is successful in being granted a Water Access Licence from the NSW Government.

Armidale Regional Council Mayor Cr Simon Murray said this is an important investment for the region to supplement our water supply in an emergency and in the event of the drought biting hard again in the next couple of months.

“By having access to emergency bores we are putting less pressure on our water network during severe drought,” said Cr Murray.

“The bores will support usage during severe water restrictions placing less pressure on existing dam supplies for Armidale. I’d like to recognise the State Government and Adam Marshall MP for their support for the groundwater program.

Three emergency bores will be located at Izzeard Park, the Sports field and the Showground linking to the Guyra Water Treatment Plant via a new underground network.

Guyra residents are advised that increased activity of works by Council crews will be visible however with limited impact on residents. Any impact will be confined to roadsides and Council land. Residents will be advised if they could be directly impacted prior to work commencing. The bores are sunk to depths of approximately 150 metres. At this depth there will be no impact on existing bores and monitoring bores are being installed.

If you have any enquiries about the planned works or the project please contact our customer service team on 1300 136 833 or email council@armidale.nsw.gov.au

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