Cobar Shire Council receives a bulk water supply from WaterNSW. 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 delivered by Cobar Water Board, 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 both villages on an ‘as-needs’ basis.
Cobar has an allocation of 1,850 megalitres of water a year.
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