With the continued growth and promotion of expansion of our city and the regional commitment to supply Molong at this time and Cumnock and Yeoval in future droughts from Orange water supply, the identification of a location for and the construction of additional storage for our water supply is the most critical issue now facing Council.
To date there does not appear to have been any public communication of Council's commitment to this issue or advice of action taken to commence investigation.
The Suma Park Dam catchment is now too small to service our growing city and even with the rainfall recently experienced there is still no run off into Suma Park Dam.
Water from stormwater harvesting and the Macquarie pipeline are good support systems but the quantity of water delivered is small relative to overall city consumption and totally dependent on rainfall and restrictive environmental conditions.
Council has done an excellent job keeping the community informed on the status of water use and in encouraging us all to conserve water.
There has also been work done to gain access to supply from the Lachlan River catchment but for effective drought backup that supply will depend on rainfall, Wyangla Dam capacity, environmental and other user issues and the capacity of the delivery system to deliver worthwhile quantities.
Approval for this proposal has yet to be given.
With major drought cycles looking like being 10 years or less in the future and with the long delivery period to achieve dam projects, Council needs to be active now to secure more water storage for our city before the next drought and for the next 50 years and beyond.
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