To view the current water restrictions applied to Cobar, Euabalong, Euabalong West and Nymagee, please visit Council's public notices section of its website.
Cobar Shire Council receives bulk water supply from the Cobar Water Board. Cobar's raw water comes from Burrendong Dam via the Macquarie River and Albert Priest Channel, plus the ground catchment area around the Cobar storages. Water from the Macquarie River is diverted at Warren via a 73km open channel (The Albert Priest Channel) to the Nyngan Weir Pools. From here it is pumped via a pipeline 130km to the Fort Bourke Hill filtration plant where it is either pumped out to the storages as raw water or filtered for potable uses around town.
As you can see, Cobar's water travels a long distance and is a precious resource that needs to be used carefully. Euabalong village is supplied with non potable water which is pumped directly from the Lachlan River or ground tanks. Mt Hope and Nymagee use water from groundwater storages and potable water is trucked into Nymagee on an ‘as-needs' basis.
Cobar has a normal town allocation of 1850 megalitres of water a year. In 2007-08 the State Government has reduced this by 15% to 1573 megalitres. Given that 50% of this water is lost in transit, the town of Cobar will receive 786 megalitres of water from Burrendong Dam in 2007-08.
The average water consumption for the town over the last two years has been 1325 megalitres. Our allocation is supplemented with rainfall into the Cobar water storages and in March 2007 water was bought on the open market.
Assuming a population of 5000, in 2007-08 there will be an average of 0.16ML of water available per person, which equates to 431 litres per day.
There are two ways of determining your water usage:
To calculate how much water you use each day click here.