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Drilling commences on new Bell bore

Michael Burton and Councillor Peter Saxelby at the site of the Bell bore.

9 August 2018

Residents of Bell will have their water levels returned to former capacity in coming months with drilling of a new bore commencing last week.

Western Downs Regional Council has awarded the contract to local business Burton’s Water Drilling.

The Bell water supply has dropped to 15% of its original output but Council Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby has reassured residents that the new bore supply will return to its former capacity.

“This will be the solution the town needs to the water issues they’ve been having since 2004,” he said.

“At a depth of 400m, the new bore will not only provide a more reliable water source to the town, but better quality water.

“Currently the bores supply 100% of the water to the town. If surface water becomes available it’s used as the main supply, with the bore used as a supplement and emergency reserve.

“Bell was on level 6 water restrictions 12 months ago, and while it’s now dropped to level 5, it’s obviously still tough on our residents.

“By undertaking this project, Council’s aim is to hopefully return Bell’s water supply to its former capacity. However, as with the drilling of any bore we won’t know that outcome until later in this process.”

Bell Bunya Community Centre volunteer secretary Ruth Storey was thrilled to hear about the progression of the new bore.

“I’m sure all of the residents in Bell will be tickled pink when the bore is finished, and to have our water levels restored back to normal,” she said.

“Fortunately at the Community Centre we’re pretty self-sufficient, but with the lack of rainfall recently our community vegetable garden and memorial rose garden have seen better days. Hopefully when this bore does come our gardens will start to liven up again.

“We’re grateful that Council has been able to find a solution.”

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