The Shire of Lake Grace is thinking outside the box when it comes to getting much-needed water to farmers in the area. The town’s 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool needs to be drained so it can be repainted, so its 1.6 million litres of water is being offered to farmers. All they need to do is fill their up their water trucks at the pool. Shire chief executive Alan George said they did not want to waste the water. “We don’t want to pour it down the drain so we’re offering it to our ratepayers, farmers or whoever wants some water,” he said. “They just have to get in touch so we can make arrangements to supply them with it.” The pool water has not been chlorinated for several weeks, so the chlorine is naturally evaporating, meaning it will be fine to use for spray water and livestock. “We tested it yesterday and it was at a level of 0.4ppm-0.2ppm higher than the tap water,” he said. “It’s evaporating more every day, so the water should go soft in no time.” Water is in short supply across swathes of the Great Southern, home to most of WA’s 12 active water deficiency declarations. Two of those water deficiencies fall within the Shire of Lake Grace. A water deficiency declaration is made by the WA Government as a last resort after continued dry conditions have depleted on farm and community water supplies. Water being carted under water-deficiency declarations is strictly for emergency livestock and, if required, firefighting emergencies. Water Minister Dave Kelly last month described the Great Southern as “one of the most impacted places on the planet” for reduced rainfall. “We have never before seen such a high demand for water carting in WA,” he said. “The Great Southern agricultural region is experiencing extremely dry conditions following two years of well below-average annual rainfall.” Mr George said there had already been interest in the pool water, and he encouraged locals to make the most of the offer.