ORANGE mayor Reg Kidd has encouraged Bathurst to follow its lead with stormwater harvesting as the regional city continues to see phenomenal results.
Snowfall in Orange over the weekend resulted in 52 megalitres of water ending up in the holding dams, taking them from 5.6 per cent to 30 per cent capacity.
"Our stormwater harvesting has been fantastic. We have two schemes now," Cr Kidd said.
His comments come after a trip to Sydney by Bathurst deputy mayor Bobby Bourke, who left filled with confidence that stormwater harvesting could go ahead.
He and fellow councillor Warren Aubin raised the idea last week, drawing inspiration from Orange's success.
Our stormwater harvesting has been fantastic. We have two schemes now.Orange mayor Reg Kidd.
They would like to see Bathurst Regional Council construct two small dams on the Kelso floodplains to collect stormwater that could be stored and used in times of drought.
The key to the success of the project would be connecting those dams to the Winburndale pipeline, so water could be bumped to the water filtration plant.
Cr Bourke, along with other council representatives, took the idea to Sydney last week and put it to Melinda Pavey, the state government's Minister for Water, Property and Housing.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole was also part of the discussions.
Cr Bourke said they seemed to think the stormwater harvesting was a good idea and were pleased that Bathurst was having important discussions about water security.
Cr Bourke admitted that council had been "behind the eight ball" when it came to the drought.
He also said that he didn't release how serious the water problem was until more recently, but now he would be fighting hard for increased water security, starting with stormwater harvesting.
"It'll be like a gasworks site to me. I'll be bringing it up every month until it gets done," he said. "It want it in the budget this year or next year."
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