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Council continues regional bore testing in Allora

22 August 2019

As part of Council’s work to establish supplementary water sources in the Southern Downs, bore testing will start in Allora on Monday 26 August 2019.

Contractors have been engaged by Council to carry out necessary condition assessments and bore pump tests on a number of existing SDRC-owned bores.

The testing will assess how reliably the bores can produce a sustainable water flow and the capacity of the bores to meet residential demand.

Residents in Allora may be affected by potential noise generated during scheduled testing as water will be pumped from the bores at a constant rate for up to 72 hours to assess productivity.

A Council spokesperson said that the nature of the testing would require water to flow unrestricted and unable to be recaptured, reused or returned to the bore.

“Council is mindful of the need to preserve dwindling water supplies and save water wherever possible,” said the spokesperson.

“However, we have been advised that it is important and necessary that the pumped water flow freely away from the bore site to ensure testing accuracy.

“While capturing the water into tanks or trucks has been considered, it has been assessed as unviable in this instance,” said the spokesperson.

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