All Taralga water restrictions will be lifted from March 30 on a trial basis.
Based on low water consumption figures recorded in Taralga, the Upper Lachlan Shire Council will trial the removal of all water restrictions over winter, while monitoring ongoing usage to determine if that is sustainable.
Mayor John Stafford said he was pleased to be able to pass on this news to the people of Taralga.
"It's been said many times, but this community has been particularly hard hit by a number of setbacks," he said.
"And throughout the water restrictions, the township has maintained responsible water consumption.
"Obviously it's paramount that we ensure water is available to the town and so if there is a spike in usage or our storage levels start reducing too quickly, we will be forced to bring back restrictions. This is a variable situation that needs to be monitored on a daily basis to ensure water is available to Taralga residents as a priority."
Meanwhile, the council's application for a new dam is currently before the National Bushfire Recovery Agency to be assessed.
"We applied for a 100 megalitre dam to replace the existing 30 megalitre dam," Mr Stafford said.
"That would allow RFS access to up to 50 megalitres for bushfire fighting while still ensuring increased water storage for the Taralga community, providing a greater degree of drought-proofing and water security."
It is anticipated that the National Bushfire Recovery Agency will provide a decision on the application in June or July. In the interim, the council will continue to meet regularly with senior officials from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
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