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Water restrictions back on

Acting General Manager Leonie Brown. Photo TWH

Bourke residents could be forgiven for having a sense of deja vu, as the Darling River stops flowing over the weir and water restrictions are reintroduced.

After nine months of good flow, rain in the catchment has been insufficient to keep the Barwon and Darling Rivers flowing.

Upstream the Barwon River at Mungindi stopped flowing on 29th October, Collarenebri stopped flowing in mid-October, Walgett stopped flowing on 28th October and the Brewarrina gauge is reporting little to no flow over the weir there.

Bourke Shire Council has now introduced water restrictions until further notice.

Acting General Manager Leonie Brown said level one restrictions had to be imposed at midnight on Monday.

The low flow in the Darling River meant that water was no longer flowing over the Bourke weir which is the trigger for the introduction of water restrictions.

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