A small lake in the Australian outback is being used to treat the city’s water supply for the first time in more than a decade.
Key points:It’s been a long time since the water was returned to the communityIt is now back on its original source, where it was stored for 10 yearsA community is using it for drinking, gardening and irrigationWater is now being recharged by a process called pur flow The water was stored at the local lake, the Ainslie River, for 10 to 12 years and is now in the community’s collection system.
A small water treatment plant has been installed on the riverbank in the past, but that has been closed to allow it to be treated by locals.
A year ago, the community used the water for irrigation and cooking, but this year, it is being re-used for drinking and farming.
The riverbank has been cleaned and a drainage ditch has been built.
A local farmer said the community had been using the water to drink and irrigate their fields.
“It was an unusual amount of water to put back into the river in that time, it’s been 10 years since we used it,” he said.
“There was some good use of it but it’s not good for us right now.”
Mr Bugg said he hoped the community could use the water again soon.
“I hope they do, they’ll be happy to get it back, and we’ll be back,” he added.
The community will be given 30 days to decide whether to use the lake again or return it to its original location.
“If they don’t, then it’s back,” Mr Bugg added.
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