DRY TIMES: Peter Rees, of Byron Shire Council, inspects a dry race at Lavery?s Gap dam
DRY TIMES: Peter Rees, of Byron Shire Council, inspects a dry race at Lavery?s Gap dam

Pipeline plan for Mullum water supply

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

COSTING nearly $500,000, an emergency pipeline to Rous Water may be needed to keep Mullumbimby supplied with water this summer.

The pipeline would connect Mullumbimby to Rous Water at a cost of $450,000, and is being considered as an emergency plan as the Laverty's Gap dam dries up and the town faces its toughest water restrictions yet.

With more water flowing out than into the Wilsons Riv- er, the town will be put on tough level four water restrictions from Monday.

Water is now being painstakingly pumped from Laverty's Gap, where once it flowed naturally to the town.

Without rain, even tougher level five restrictions will be imposed by mid-November, which could then trigger the need for the pipeline, said Byron Shire Council's manager of water operations, Peter Rees.

"We're really worried. We've only had 124 millimetres since May. It's the lowest on record," he said.

"What we need is a downpour of at least 10 to 20 millimetres. That would buy us another month."



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