Long-awaited rain lashes Bombala; water restrictions ease across shire

The Bombala River at Cambalong shows the result of heavy rainfall across the district.
The Bombala River at Cambalong shows the result of heavy rainfall across the district.

Water restrictions across the Snowy Monaro will be eased following much-needed recent rainfall.

After a number of months on Level 3 restrictions, the Nimmitabel community is set to move to a Conserve Water Notice. The same notice will apply for the Bombala, Bredbo, Cooma and Delegate water supplies.

These water restriction reductions will come into effect from 12pm Wednesday, July 29, and will be in place until further notice.

"Thank you to the community for helping conserve water and for complying with the restrictions," Mayor Peter Beer said.

"These efforts, along with the recent rain, will allow us to move all towns that were on water restrictions back to a Conserve Water Notice."

Conserve Water Notices are reminders of the good practices that will keep water storages as high possible for next summer. These notices are not enforceable.

While the South Coast copped the worst of the wet weather in recent days, the Bombala district has also experienced its share of much-needed rainfall.

In the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday, 41mm was recorded at Bombala's official weather station, adding to 22mm across Sunday and Monday.

Along with the 109mm recorded on July 13-14, Bombala is seeing well above average rain figures for July.

The mercury has been a little all over the place this month, with temperatures ranging from a high of 16.7C on July 1, to an overnight low of -4.2C on Saturday, July 25.

Down the mountain in Eden, the low pressure system swirling over the NSW coast saw 104.4mm of rain fall since Sunday, but with the temperature not dropping lower than 12.2C overnight.