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Tenterfield finds underground water just in time

Elias Visontay, October 27, 2019 6:45PM The Australian

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Tenterfield Shire Council chief executive Terry Dodds and Mayor Peter Petty with Michael Wilson of Water Resources Drilling, Dubbo. Picture: Facebook media_cameraTenterfield Shire Council chief executive Terry Dodds and Mayor Peter Petty with Michael Wilson of Water Resources Drilling, Dubbo. Picture: Facebook

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A small town in northern NSW that is in severe drought and has been battling bushfires has struck it lucky with the discovery of underground water.

Water began pouring from the bores* only 126 days before Tenterfield’s storages were due to run dry.

Tenterfield’s local dam was at about 15 per cent of capacity when bore drilling last week discovered two sources of underground water that are now flowing at about 13 litres a second.

The town, which has a population of about 4000 and is three hours west of Byron Bay, NSW, was ravaged by bushfires earlier this month.

Despite the new sources of water, the shire council will continue to enforce water restrictions until the water from bores has been set up to fill its dam.

Peter Petty, Mayor of Tenterfield Shire Council, said he was now “shouting wide and far the message that we’re open for business.”

“It is with much pleasure as Mayor of this wonderful shire that I’m able to say to the world that we have found water in Tenterfield.”

“Council started the process of planning for this moment well before Christmas 2018. We’ve been through many, many challenges and even more frustrations along the way, but we got there,” Mr Petty said.

media_cameraTenterfield Dam when it was at 26 per cent capacity. When underground water was discovered last week it was down to 15 per cent capacity.

Terry Dodds, Chief Executive of Tenterfield Shire Council, said the discovery was “fantastic news for our community, our economy*, and visitors alike.”

“During testing we’ve seen 13 litres per second flow from a bore behind the Transport Museum. Initial* observations show that the production rate will be about 10 litres (per) second. Best of all the source isn’t far from the dam where it will be pumped,” he said.

Mr Dodds told the ABC the town had calculated it had 126 days of water left in its storages when it discovered the bores.

GLOSSARY

  • bores: holes drilled into the ground to find underground water
  • economy: money moving around a community being earned and spent
  • initial: first

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  1. Where is Tenterfield?
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  3. Who is Tenterfield’s mayor?
  4. Who is Terry?
  5. How many days of water did the town have left before the bores started producing water?

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