Borden water carting no longer needed after rain

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Wagin farmer Andrew Scanlon in a dry dam on his drought affected property. PICTURE: NIC ELLIS THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Camera IconWagin farmer Andrew Scanlon in a dry dam on his drought affected property. PICTURE: NIC ELLIS THE WEST AUSTRALIAN Credit: The West Australian

Recent rain has improved dry conditions in the Great Southern, with the Water Corporation confirming it no longer needs to cart water to Borden.

Water Corporation regional manager Adrian Stewart said recent rain had helped water storage in Borden and the utility no longer needed to bring water into the area.

Borden residents received letters from the Water Corporation earlier this month warning them about low water supply because of the lack of rainfall.

“Recent rain has improved storage in the town’s dams so we will not have to undertake carting to meet the needs of the 45 properties connected to our scheme for now,” he said.

However, plans to cart water to Jerramungup will still go ahead and will start next week.

“While the recent rain is welcome, there are 180 properties connected to our scheme in this town, so there has not been much of a difference on local storage as demand is greater,” Mr Stewart said.

Water Corporation water carting occurs around the State and specifically applies to small regional towns which rely heavily on the level of rainfall.

“When water sources reach a low level at the end of summer, water carting is considered the most cost-effective solution, as often there are only a small number of properties and the cost to connect to a larger scheme far exceeds the cost of temporary carting,” Mr Stewart said.

“Once the town’s own water supply begins to recover, carting will stop and the town is again supplied through its own local scheme.”

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