Warrumbungle Water

The core function of Warrumbungle Water is the provision of water supply to connected properties in each town across the shire. There are potable water supplies in the towns of Baradine, Coonabarabran, Binnaway, Coolah, Dunedoo and Mendooran, and in the villages of Kenebri and Bugaldie. A non-potable water supply is available in the village of Merrygoen.

Warrumbungle Water services 3,151 connections across the shire.

Public and Environmental Health 

The provision of water services is managed to be economically and environmentally sustainable, meeting quality standards expected by the community. The state government requires Warrumbungle Water to demonstrate compliance with best practice management guidelines as per the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and reports town water quality test results to NSW Health regularly.

Visit our Monitoring Drinking Water page for information on how safe potable water is delivered to towns across the Warrumbungle Shire.

Drinking Water information may also be found at NSW Health .

Local Government Alliances 

Warrumbungle Shire Council is part of the Lower Macquarie Water Utilities Alliance, comprising 13 Councils across central west and western NSW. The Alliance aims to assist member Councils to adopt best practice management of water and sewer services.

How are costs recovered for Warrumbungle Water?

Due to the wide geographic spread of six towns across Warrumbungle Shire, town water supply operations incur additional costs as systems are replicated in each town. Warrumbungle Water is required by state governmental legislation to cover costs from town water users, and as such user fees are charged based on a connection fee and per kilolitre consumed for each premise.

In 2017/18, the water consumption fees are  $2.05 per kilolitre, and the annual water connection charge is $399 per property,  except for Mendooran which remains at $816. Mendooran residents pay a higher water connection charge than other towns across the shire to pay the capital loan for the construction of the Mendooran Water Treatment Plant.


Click here to download a copy of Warrumbungle Shire Council Drought Management Plan