Lithgow’s water supply has just become more secure with the completion of the $4M upgrade of the Clarence Water Transfer Scheme.
Improving the security of the Lithgow Water Supply has been an aim of Lithgow City Council for some time and with the assistance of the Australian Government that aim has become a reality with the completion of the upgrade of the Clarence Water Transfer Scheme.
Lithgow City Council and the Lithgow LGA are supplied with potable water from the Farmers Creek Dam Water Supply System and the Fish River Water Supply Scheme. The severe drought of the 2000s decreased the reliability of the Fish River Water Supply Scheme and reinforced the point that if Lithgow City and the Lithgow LGA are to have population growth then greater water security was a must.
“The completed upgrade allows for an increase in the supply of water from the Clarence Colliery to Farmers Creek Dam from 5 megalitres per day (ML/d) to 14 ML/d” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham “the upgrade has also enabled Council to address environmental concerns.”
“What many people do not realise is that the Farmers Creek No. 2 Dam which provides the water source for the Lithgow township is only a very small dam with a small catchment. While it can provide water for most of the year it does become very stressed during drier times and needs to be supplemented with another source” said Mayor Statham.
“The scheme would not have come to fruition without the support of the Commonwealth Government which provided the funding for the work. It has been a project that has been strongly supported by both the Coalition and the ALP and in recognition of this the upgraded Scheme will be officially opened by local member for the Seat of Calare the Hon. John Cobb” said Mayor Statham.
“The Federal funding of the project has eased the cost burden on the residents of the Lithgow LGA and most importantly it has created a level of water security that will allow for the growth of our LGA.”
“Huge support has also come from Centennial Coal who has been generous enough to allow Council to use its site and which has also provided valuable assistance in developing the project. Centennial has truly been a wonderful corporate citizen in this project.”
“To recognise the contribution by Centennial the Official Opening will take place at the Clarence Colliery at 11.30am tomorrow.”
“I would have to say that this has been a true partnership between the Federal Government, business and Council and without anyone of these the project would not have come to fruition” concluded Mayor Statham.