Results of water samples taken in Duri village have confirmed there is petrol present in the water at a number of groundwater bores.
Tamworth Regional Council's acting manager compliance, Brendan Woods, said the contamination appears to be limited to a small area at this stage.
“Water testing is ongoing and we have advised residents in the area to stop using bore water in an effort to prevent the spread of the contamination,” he said.
“Bore water should never be used for drinking but we have now asked Duri residents not use their bore at all – even for stock or their garden.”
Alternate arrangements will be made for the provision of water for stock watering for those properties affected.
Two underground fuel storage tanks are the likely source of the contamination. The tanks were emptied on January 3.
Further analysis of water samples is ongoing to determine the extent and degree of contamination.
Council staff have visited all properties in the Duri village to give residents information and they have been asked to complete a short survey about their water use.
Any resident who did not receive a visitor or information from council is asked to call 6767 5555.
Council is continuing to work closely with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority and NSW Health to manage the issue.
Further updates will be provided when more information is available.