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Bray Park Weir during the wet season of 2020, compared to a time of drought in 2019. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council says that extreme weather events such as floods and droughts can put our drinking water at risk and that now more than ever we need to improve strategies and methods to protect the precious water supply.

Tweed Shire Council has drafted a new Drought and Water Restrictions Policy based on experiences and learnings from the very significant 2019/2020 drought. 

Acting Manager Water and Wastewater – Business and Assets Elizabeth Seidl, said the policy sets out the best strategies and methods to maintain our water supply during extreme weather events, including restrictions, targets, compliance and enforcement.

Extreme weather events

Extreme weather events such as floods and droughts put the Tweed’s water supply at risk. Pictured here is the Bray Park Weir in the drought of 2019 when water restrictions were put in place. Photo supplied.

‘Extreme weather events are happening more frequently,’ she said.

‘In January 2020, 100 per cent of NSW was drought-declared by the Department of Primary Industries and 2019 was the driest year on record for the Tweed.

‘Bray Park recorded just 717 mm of rain, less than half the average of 1,571 mm of rain usually experienced (source: Bureau of Meteorology).

Ms Seidle says that water restrictions were put in place and our water supply was at serious risk. ‘While we have experienced plenty of rain recently, this doesn’t mean we aren’t at risk of drought again in the near future.’

During the recent flood, Council had to impose water restrictions to ensure adequate water supply. This allowed Council enough time to repair its water supply system.

‘We’ve taken the learnings and experiences from the 2019/2020 drought and updated the Drought and Water Restriction Policy so we can protect our water supply,’ said Ms Seidl.

‘This Policy enables Council’s Water and Wastewater Unit to make operational decisions in relation to the implementation, easing and removal of water restrictions for the Tweed.

Have your say

‘We would like feedback from residents and businesses who are connected to the town water supply or use rainwater tanks topped up by a water carter from the town water supply.’

You can review the draft and share your feedback by completing the survey at www.yoursaytweed.com.au.

Submissions close on 18 May 2022.

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  1. If only there was some way to save up all the flood water to use when there is a drought. Some kind of large hole in the ground where birds and fish could play.

    • LoL there’s one already, but they can’t make water in droughts, the water evaporates and they cause havoc with natural environments.
      Stop water mining – it’s depriving our region of water that keeps creeks and dams flowing. Let Coca Cola find their profits elsewhere.

      • You mean the water evaporates into profits by selling the water rights to foreign corporations.
        Funny how we could leave the sprinklers on all day when I was a kid and we didn’t even have to pay for the water.
        Our population hasn’t even increased by 50% and now we have water rationing.
        We got long droughts back then but only farmers really noticed.
        I’m sure we’re totally not being scammed or nothing.


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