Water carting to Byrock approved

Bourke Shire Council’s general manager Ross Earl. Photo: Fairfax Media

Bourke Shire Council’s general manager Ross Earl. Photo: Fairfax Media

Bourke Shire Council have received advice that Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair has given approval for the carting of water to the village of Byrock should the need arise.

“At this stage there is only enough water to last for the next week or so and the approval from the Minister is timely,” Bourke Shire Council general manager Ross Earl said in his most recent weekly column.

Earlier this month Mr Earl said Byrock will run out of water at the end of September unless there was significant rainfall.

He also said at that time that Council had wrote to Mr Blair seeking approval for funding to enable the commencement of carting water as soon as it becomes necessary.

“Once the level drops below that which prevents pumping, carting will commence,” Mr Earl said in his latest column.

Mr Earl said the residents of Byrock have in the past being very conscious that only a limited amount of water is able to be carted under the subsidy agreement and the water carted is for internal use only.

“And I look forward to a similar level of cooperation if carting needs to be commenced,” Mr Earl said

“The water in Byrock like all of the villages is of course a non-potable supply.”