Test drilling of a potential bore site at the Tenterfield Traditional Archers Club grounds off Scrub Road is expected to start later this week, in a bid to supplement the Tenterfield township's dwindling water supplies with still no prospect of substantial rain. A site in the railway corridor is another prospect.
The chance of reliable water flows from either site is rated 'fair to good', and test bore licences have been issued for both from the Natural Resources Access Regulator.
Specialist hydrogeologists Geo9 Pty Ltd and Zoic Pty Ltd have been investigating potential sites, which showed promise during the desk top and site exploration investigations.
Should the Archery Club site prove viable, it will prove the best financial option for council due to its close proximity to Tenterfield Dam.
Although this news is positive and the delivery of the desalination unit from Rural Aid will assist in sustaining the dam level (currently at at 33 per cent), council stressed that the community needs to continue to abide by the Level 4.5 water restrictions.
A move to the more-severe Level 5 restrictions is being delayed due to its effect on tourism and the impact on many businesses.
As per the Drought Management Plan, however, Level 5 restrictions would be enforced should the dam level drop to 15 per cent.