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Water Restrictions Lifted at Thorpdale, Lowered to Stage two at Boolarra

Water restrictions in the Thorpdale area and lowered the levels of restrictions in the Boolarra area

By Gippsland Water - 6th April 2001 - Back to News

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Gippsland Water has announced the removal of water restrictions in the Thorpdale area and lowered the levels of restrictions in the Boolarra area from stage four to stage two.

The removal and lowering of restrictions in these areas come as a result of recent rains in the Gippsland region. Speaking on behalf of the Board, Chief Executive Officer John Mitchell said, “The past few months have been particularly tough on the residents of these townships and the recent rain certainly brings some relief. Thorpdale residents have been adhering to stage two restrictions for three months and their cooperation during this time has enabled Gippsland Water to continue adequate supply without resorting to stricter levels of restrictions.”

Stage two restrictions were enforced the week prior to Christmas in Thorpdale when the flows in Easterbrooke reached low levels. As is the case in a number of smaller systems in the Gippsland Water region, substantial initial rain, followed by adequate follow up rain in the past fortnight has resulted in increased water flow within these catchments.

The Boolarra township, which generates its supply from nearby O’Grady’s and Wakeley’s Creeks, has been on stage four restrictions for a month and will now return to stage two.

Mr Mitchell said, “This year was the first year Boolarra has had to incur the highest level of restrictions, that being stage four. We understand that this does impact heavily on our customers in this area and we have been constantly monitoring the situation in the hope that we could reduce the level of restrictions at the first available opportunity. Some more follow up rain and continued assistance from the residents of Boolarra will hopefully see the lifting of all restrictions in the near future.”

Mr. Mitchell was quick to point out that although we have experienced good rainfall in the past fortnight, storage levels are still low in a number of other areas. Of particular concern is Gippsland Water’s largest storage facility, the Moondarra Reservoir. “Moondarra is supplied mainly from the Tyers River and flows here are now at their lowest since 1983. The recent rainfall has allowed the volume of water entering Moondarra to equal the amount that is being drawn from the system.”

“Moondarra is a significant asset to the Gippsland region in that it supply’s a number of our larger townships with drinking water also a range of major industries. Gippsland Water has been in contact with its major customers requesting that they assist us by minimising their water usage during this particular period. We are asking both our domestic and industrial customers to conserve water usage wherever practical”, Mr Mitchell concluded.


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