BRANXHOLME residents have been left outraged after the water supply from a 19th century water tower was decommissioned without their knowledge.
Created in 1880, the Railway Water Tower at the Branxholme Railway Reserve is connected to a bore and was originally used to provide the water necessary for steam locomotives.
With trains no longer running through the area, the 20,000 gallon tower remained as the only secure source of water available to the community and until recently was still used by both Branxholme residents and the Country Fire Authority.
The tower, which was leased to the Southern Grampians Shire by state owned Victrack, was decommissioned on May 2 despite the Branxholme community having expressed willingness to assume responsibility for the tank and its maintenance.
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