Drought-stricken Euchareena receives gift of water from Orange | Video

HELP: Brian Farnsworth, Fleur Magick Dennis, John Lord, Amanda Thompson, Brendan Mclachlan, Phill Woods, Jace Harding and Pilgrim Lenaghan. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

HELP: Brian Farnsworth, Fleur Magick Dennis, John Lord, Amanda Thompson, Brendan Mclachlan, Phill Woods, Jace Harding and Pilgrim Lenaghan. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

More than 1000 bottles of water have been donated from Orange to the drought-stricken village of Euchareena.

Motorbike riders and members of the GB72 social club gave the water and pet food to Euchareena resident Fleur Magick Dennis to hand out on Monday.

Euchareena residents have had to resort to buying water to fill up their household tanks after the town dam ran dry.

Mrs Magick Dennis said the water would be supplied to all residents who had accepted the offer of the donated water. One family did not want to be involved.

She said the town needed help from the state government and Dubbo Regional Council to provide a permanent supply including a bore with water piped to each house.

Mrs Magick Dennis said a water crisis hardship fund had been established through the Euchareena Progress Association.

"It will allow our progress association to take applications from people who are in need, who need to fill their tanks, so that is going start to ease the pressure a little bit for community members who are struggling to refill their tanks due to the drought," she said.

Mrs Magick Dennis said they had been re-filling their tank for the past 18 months.

"It is really stressful because when your tank is due to run out you may not have the money ready to re-order a new tank load of water," she said.

Mrs Magick Dennis said she and her husband Laurance had been working longer hours to help pay for the water.

"We've been forced to turn to family and friends to support us to help us fill our tank," she said.

"We found ourselves one day where the tank was empty and we actually had no available money to re-fill it."

"Most people are paying around $600 a year for water rates whereas we are paying $450 a month. That is a considerable amount, that's in the thousands annually," Mrs Magick Dennis said.

She said they had to ration their water use.

"We're only able to shower every second or third day. We have to be careful about how many loads of washing we can do," she said.

The water donations will be vital.

"We've been drinking water out of 10-litre containers to try to make the tank water last longer. We try and use drinking water for cooking as well," she said.

"We are actually using less water than what is recommended by the World Health Organisation as a basic level of water needs.

"The WHO recommends each person needs between 50 and 100 litres a day. We're not even able to access that amount of water and we are paying so much."

Most of the water was donated by the GB72 social club, while other bottles came from residents.