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. Non-potable water supplies are available in the village of Merrygoen and along Timor Road in Coonabarabran.

Warrumbungle Water services 3,160 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

Non-potable Supplies

The users along Timor Road in Coonabarabran and in Merrygoen are reminded that their supplies consist of untreated raw water. This is either sourced from Timor Dam or groundwater bores in Coonabarabran and from Castlereagh River at Beni Crossing in Merrygoen.

Raw, non-potable water is only intended for outside use (e.g. gardening) – as water restrictions permit – and toilet flushing, and may be acceptable to use for the washing of clothes. It should not be used for drinking, cooking or personal hygiene such as bathing or showering. The NSW Health website provides further information on this matter for water sourced from surface water and water sourced from groundwater.

NSW Health advises that a properly maintained rainwater tank can provide good quality drinking water; click here for further information on rainwater tanks

Council’s website also contains information on rainwater tanks. Empty household rainwater storage tanks can be topped up by engaging a water carter to deliver water from Council’s standpipes off the reticulated town water supply.

Local Government Alliances 

Warrumbungle Shire Council is part of the Orana Water Utilities Alliance, comprising 11 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 2023/2024, the water consumption fees are $3.80 per kilolitre, and the annual water connection charge is $712.00 per property, except for Mendooran which pays the base rate of $687.00 and an additional $320.00 (total of $1007.00) to pay for 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