Record big dry

THE Tweed's Clarrie Hall Dam still retains plenty of water but the Valley is drying out.

While there are adequate supplies for the shire's urban residents, those on rural properties and reliant on rain are facing desperate situations. Pumping from creeks and streams is restricted and buying water is becoming a regular occurrence.

The situation for the majority of the shire hasn't come to implementing restrictions yet, unlike our neighbours in Mullumbimby who face strict rationing. But council officers are cautioning Tweed residents to be conscious of current conditions.

As for rainfall, records indicate that this has been the driest period in the Tweed since 1881, and despite the clouds seemingly offering respite from the dry, no substantial falls have as yet been recorded.

Forecasts don't look too promising with dry, fine conditions, light breezes and no rain forecast, and that is expected to continue until at least Tuesday. Even then the best we can expect is light showers.

The prolonged dry conditions have prompted council to consider various water management plans which may include following moves brought into practice in Sydney, such as reusing waste water in new subdivisions or providing incentives for including water tanks for domestic use.

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