A combination of a loss of power and several damaged water mains has made it challenging for the Corporation to restore water supply in Carnarvon after ex TC Olwyn.

Mid West Regional Manager Stephen Greeve said one critical main damaged by a fallen tree was not repaired yesterday due to the entanglement of tree roots, so it was isolated to enable the remainder of the system to be used.

Mr Greeve said the Water Corporation started a limited supply to the scheme this morning, and subject to finding any additional damage he anticipated this would be maintained.

“Bottled water is still available and will be distributed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services from the Carnarvon Post Office on Camel Lane.”

Additional bottled water supplies will arrive into Carnarvon today as a contingency.

Mr Greeve said extra crews have been deployed from the North West, Mid West and Perth to assist local crews in restoring the town’s water supply.

Carnarvon residents are asked to use water sparingly.

 “We ask that our customers work with us and only use the town water supply for drinking, cooking food and for personal hygiene, such as showering and flushing the toilet,” Mr Greeve said.

Water supplied to town residents by the Water Corporation is safe to drink. There are no issues with the wastewater system.

Customers experiencing any difficulties with their water supply should contact the Water Corporation immediately on 13 13 75. Additionally, any customers noticing damage to water mains should contact the Water Corporation immediately on 13 13 75.

Carnarvon residents can check for updates online at www.watercorporation.com.au.

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