Pipes, pumps and reservoirs
Getting water through the pipes to your tap
When you turn on your tap and enjoy clear, high quality water, take a moment to think about just what has gone into getting that water to you—every time. Once our water is treated, it weaves its way through an intricate network made up of kilometres of pipes, pumping stations and reservoirs that run the span of the shire.
Getting water from your property to its destination
A completely different set of pipes and pumping stations takes the water from your shower, toilet, kitchen sink and bath to sewage treatment plants that transform the sewage back into a liquid that will have minimal impact on our environment. This treated water is either recycled to irrigate sports fields and golf courses or makes its way to rivers and oceans.
These two systems of pipes make up Council’s water and sewer reticulated system.
Where does our water come from?
Rain falls and runs into creeks, lakes and rivers (our catchment). Water from the Buckenboura and Deua Rivers is pumped to Deep Creek Dam to supply the whole of the shire most of the year, but in summer and peak periods (holidays), the Tuross River bores supply the southern part of the shire.
Where is our water stored?
Deep Creek Dam is our major water storage. Water in the dam has air (oxygen) pumped through it to keep it healthy. Five SolarBees float in the dam to circulate the water at the bottom up to the top so the sun can get to it to kill bacteria and algae (ultraviolet disinfection). Water from Deep Creek Dam is pumped to the Northern Water Treatment Plant at Denhams Beach and after being treated, goes to our reservoirs.
What happens at our Water Treatment Plants?
Our Treatment Plants filter the water before it is disinfected. The water is then disinfected with ultraviolet lights and chlorine. Fluoride is added for dental health. The Northern Water Treatment Plant (NTWP) produces a maximum of 20 million litres of drinking (potable) water each day. When required, the Southern Water Treatment Plant (STWP) operates to produce a maximum of 6 million litres per day.
From the Treatment Plants to the reservoirs
There are two major reservoirs in the shire: the Denhams Beach Reservoir is filled by the Northern Water Treatment Plant and the Big Rock Reservoir is filled from the Southern Water Treatment Plant. Water from these two reservoirs gravitates (moves downwards) through trunk mains (very large pipes) around the shire to thirty three (33) service reservoirs.
From the reservoirs to our home
Water gravitates from the service reservoirs through the reticulated mains (system of pipes) to each home. At the boundary of your home is a water meter that records all the water that comes through pipes into your taps.