Known as drinking water, is water that is safe to be used for drinking and food preparation. NSW Health are the governing body that classifies which supplies are potable. Potable water must be treated to water quality standards as per the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011(PDF, 6MB) . Under the NSW Health drinking water program, Council verifies the continued quality of our potable water supplies.
Potable water supplies include Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Murrin Bridge, Tottenham and Albert.
Water that is not of drinking or food preparation quality (raw water or untreated water), but may still be used for other purposes such as watering gardens, in washing machines and flushing toilets. Raw water can contain harmful microorganisms (such as E.Coli, Coliforms, algaes or naegleria fowleri), chemicals and other toxins.
Non-potable water supplies include Tullibigeal, Fifield and Burcher.
Condobolin Water Treatment Plant draws its water from Goobang Creek, treating the water with coagulation, flocculation, dual-media filtration, powdered activated carbon, chlorination, and additionally is fluoridated. The treated water is pumped to Condobolin's three reservoirs, then is gravity-fed to the Condobolin township and Willow Bend Village.
Condobolin Water Filtration Plant: EPA licence 430
Lake Cargelligo Water Treatment Plant draws its water from Lake Cargelligo and Merri Abba Bores. Water treatment processes include dissolved air flotation, ultra filtration membrane media process, granulated activated carbon filtration, chlorination and additionally fluoridated. The treated water is then pumped to the township's two reservoirs, then gravity-fed to Lake Cargelligo and Murrin Bridge.
Tottenham and Albert draw their potable water from the B-Section Pipeline, that runs from Forbes via Parkes. Water is stored in Albert reservoir while also gravity fed to Tottenham Reservoir and then distributed to both townships. During the warmer months raw water is drawn from Leg O Mutton Dam to be treated at the Tottenham Water Treatment Plant. Water treatment processes include coagulation, lagoon sedimentation, pressurised rapid sand media filtration and chlorination. Water is then pumped to Tottenham Reservoir and distributed to the township which can also be reverse-fed along the B-Section Pipeline to service customers in Albert.
Burcher and Fifield draw raw water from storage dams. Fifield has two dams that capture local stormwater runoff while Burcher has a single dam. The raw water is then pumped to the village's reservoir where it is then delivered to the community for general non-potable use.
Tullibigeal and rural users on the Gibsonvale Pipeline are delivered treated non-potable water from Lake Cargelligo Water Treatment Plant. The water is delivered via the Gibsonvale Pipeline to rural customers between Kikoira and Tullibigeal and also the urban community in Tullibigeal.