Draft route plans for potential Burrendong pipeline on public exhibition

Western Plains Regional Council has placed draft route plans of a proposed future pipeline from Burrendong Dam to the John Gilbert Water Treatment Plant at Dubbo, via the Wellington Water Treatment Plant and Geurie on public exhibition for community comment. 

Council’s Director Technical Services Stewart McLeod said inviting comment on the draft routes is another step in the planning process for such a pipeline to be considered in the future.

“The Millennium drought which occurred from 2002 to 2010 was such a significant event, that the former Dubbo City Council started investigating water security strategies to secure water supply for such severe drought conditions,” Mr McLeod said.

“One such strategy is the construction of a pipeline from the largest water source in the area, Burrendong Dam, to directly supply Wellington and Dubbo,” Mr McLeod said.

“Even in the most severe drought it is expected that enough rain would fall in the headwaters of the Macquarie and Cudgegong Rivers around Mudgee, Rylstone, Lithgow and Oberon to maintain at least a small pool in Burrendong Dam from which town water could be drawn,” Mr McLeod said.

“The pipeline routes tend to follow the direction of the river and will be within a few kilometres of the river,” Mr McLeod said.

“Council is seeking community feedback on the proposed routes in order to determine a preferred route and proceed with further investigation and planning,” he said.

The draft route plans can be viewed at Council’s Administration Centres in Dubbo and Wellington, the Dubbo and Wellington Branch libraries, Geurie General Store and are available on Council’s website www.westernplains.nsw.gov.au. Submissions close 26 August 2016.


Stewart McLeod 
Council’s Director of Technical Services
 (02) 6801 4000

Last Edited: 20 Jul 2016

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