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Kentucky Creek Dam at capacity after rain

Kentucky Creek Dam as of February 18. Picture: Uralla Shire Council

In some welcome news for the region, one of the dams has filled to the brink after the skies opened up.

In a statement, Uralla Shire Council said it was pleased to confirm that the Kentucky Creek Dam has reached 100 per cent capacity overnight and is overflowing the dam walls.

“The Kentucky Creek Dam levels have risen from 29 per cent two weeks ago to overflowing today," Acting General Manager David Aber said.

Residents are reminded that the bottled water alert will remain in effect until council is able to provide consistent testing results confirming that the arsenic levels have been reduced to below the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The Level 5 water restrictions for Uralla will also remain in place until such time that the bottled water alert can be lifted and Council is satisfied that the capacity of the yet to be implemented treatment plant upgrades can meet the normal peak demand.

Mr Aber confirmed that Council is working hard to address the issue of elevated arsenic in the water.

“This has been a persistent and difficult problem for our own and the State Government’s staff," he said.

"We need to work carefully to ensure that we have a robust practical solution to the problem that will provide future protection as well as meet our immediate needs."

"Any solution will be subject to detailed testing before implementation. We want the solution for Uralla to be both robust and reliable."


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