NEW BORE: Councillor Peter Saxelby said water security was of the highest importance.
NEW BORE: Councillor Peter Saxelby said water security was of the highest importance. Contributed

Council will test the water with $1M bore

SECURING the region's water for the future has been a focal point of this week's Mayoral Budget.

$1.6million will be allocated to bores in Dalby and Bell, with the hope of making the region water reliant. Bell has been on strict water restrictions for a number of years, and $600,000 has been spent in the continued search for water.

In a surprise move by the council, a new bore has been announced for Dalby, with drilling to go deeper into the ground than any of the town's other 14.

The council is hoping to tap into the Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest underground water reservoirs in the world.

A successful bore is believed to provide Dalby with water security for generations.

Councillor Peter Saxelby said it was a proactive move to allocate funding in this year's budget for the project.

"Water is such a critical resource to our communities and sinking an additional Great Artesian Basin bore will help us tap into a more consistent water source and relieve future pressure on Dalby's water supply," he said.

The bore will be drilled one kilometre underground, deeper than any other bore in Dalby.

Council hopes the bore would be able to hold a capacity of one million litres day.

"This will also stand us in good stead for projected growth of the town and it's a responsible move for our residents and the longevity of the region," Cr Saxelby said.

No details have been released about proposed sites for the new bore.


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