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Gulf town's water supplies dry up

By Kate Stephens, Wednesday May 8, 2013 - 10:06 EST

A mayor in north-west Queensland's Gulf Country says town water supplies for the small community of Forsayth, north-east of Mount Isa, may need to be trucked in from later next month.

The lack of a wet season this year has left the town's reservoir so low that the council predicts water will need to be trucked in daily in four to six weeks, restricting the community to 50,000 litres of water per day.

Etheridge Mayor Will Attwood says the town's 85 residents will need to become extremely water-wise.

"When people use those 50,000 litres then I'm afraid there's no more until the reservoir gets filled up again sometime later the next day - they just run out of water," he said.

"They're going to have to be a lot more rigorous on how they use their water.

"I'm not saying to look over the shoulders of their neighbours but if they see a tap running or something like that, turn it off."

He says council officers will be also be inspecting water infrastructure to ensure there are no leaking pipes.

"After we have the meeting we're going to offer them services," he said.

"We're going to go round to every meter and ensure that they do not have any leaks, because if it leaks underground and that sort of thing you can't see, ... that uses quite a lot of water.

"We'll do all of those things and make sure that they're only using water for themselves and it's not being wasted."


- ABC

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