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Level 3 Water Restrictions Now in Force for Lithgow City Council Consumers

Source: Lithgow City Council
Archived 28 Nov 2017 - Posted: 29 Sep 2017
At the recent council meeting held on 25th September 2017 Council resolved to increase the Level of water Restrictions from level 1 to Level 3.

These restrictions are in force throughout the Local Government area including Wallerawang & Portland and the Villages of Rydal, Cullen Bullen, Lidsdale, Glen Davis and Marrangaroo.

These restrictions for private consumers mean

  • private garden watering can be undertaken between 6am–8am & 5pm-7pm during summer.
  • The washing of paved or roof areas can only be undertaken with buckets or trigger hoses only.
  • Washing of Motor vehicles can only be undertaken with buckets and trigger hoses.
  • Only existing private swimming pools are able to be topped up between 6am–8am & 5pm-7pm.
  • The filling of swimming pools is prohibited except with Bore or tank water.

There are also restrictions in place for Public, Commercial and Industrial consumers.

More information can be found on council’s website or by using the link below.

These increased levels of water restrictions are being enforced to better enable Lithgow Council to ensure the continued supply of water to all customers within the Lithgow local government area. The forecast drier than normal conditions combined with the lower than average rainfall predictions mean that the whole community needs to be aware of how precious the water resources are for the summer period.

Lithgow Councils Oakey Park Water Treatment Plant has also been required to feed Wallerawang & Portland along with the rural villages for extended periods in the last three months.

This is due to the increased number of failures of the WaterNSW supply pipeline that would normally supply water to these areas. These interruptions to supply have been able to be managed for short periods however they are not able to be sustained for longer periods due to constraints on existing pumping infrastructure.

These constraints along with an increased demand in warmer weather could lead to potential times of insufficient volumes of water being able to be supplied to the villages.

The current demand on supply of the villages exceeds the capacity of the infrastructure used by the Lithgow system when the WaterNSW system is unable to supply this area.

The current level of the Lithgow Number 2 dam has been reduced to allow works to be undertaken in relation to the removal of the vehicles that have been exposed when the water level lowered last summer.

This lowered storage level also allowed council’s dam safety consultants to undertake an upstream face inspection of the dam wall which is a requirement of the NSW Dam Safety Committee as part of council’s annual dam safety inspection regime.

Council is now preparing to commence operation of the Clarence Water Transfer Scheme to supplement the storage levels within the Lithgow Number 2 Dam.

Water Quality Monitoring is regularly undertaken by an independent laboratory and all values are well below Australian Drinking Water Guideline values. This means the water supplied by the Clarence Colliery to supplement the Lithgow Number 2 Dam storage is good quality water which is safe for potable supply.

The Water is further treated through the Lithgow Council Oakey Park Water Treatment Plant prior to use in Councils water supply network.

This article archived 28 Nov 2017

 
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