The Manning River has received a boost of fresh spring water from Barrington Tops making it a great place to take a dip.The fisherman noticed it first and now word has spread.
Natural springs at Barrington have “let go” and the result is a significant, although temporary, rise in the water level of the Manning River.
“It happens from time to time,” said Killawarra dairy farmer and chairman of the Manning Water Users Association, Robert Walsh.
At Killawarra, the Manning River was flowing at 181 ML (mega litres)on Monday, swelling to a peak of 508 ML by Wednesday. The change in the amount of water flowing meant levels went up by as much as nine inches.
“There’s an old wives’ tale that says this is a sign a rain event might be coming,” said Robert.
In the meantime the water is looking the best it has looked for a while.
“It is in a very healthy state and crystal clear –great for swimming,” added Robert.
Local farmers are well aware of the spring discharge which helps out in times of drought.
When their dams have dried up they often pump from the river to irrigate their properties.
But as dry conditions continue, the river can suffer and as levels drop pumping restrictions can come into force.
This is when a natural boost to the amount of water in the river –seemingly for no apparent reason –is a welcome relief.
“Indifficult times it helps out considerably,” explained Robert.
Local farmers haven’t had any pumping restrictions lately –there has been more than enough water to irrigate. Unfortunately, most of them can’t afford to pump.
Despite dry dams Robert and other local farmers are reluctant to switch on their pumps.
“Most of the dairy farmers can’t afford the electricity bills,” he said.
Hopefully the old wives tale is true and that plenty of rain is onthe way to fill the dams. Before this happens though you might want to take a dip in the Manning.
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