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Dual Water Scheme

Council staff have inspected every house in the Ploughmans Valley & North Orange areas to make sure every property is ‘dual-water ready’.Dual Water Map

This map shows the area where inspections have happened.

You can read coverage of the first inspection.

Click on the map image to see a larger version, or you can check if your street is in the area by downloading this detailed 'zoom-able' pdf version of the Dual Water Area map (2 MB)

A little history...

Orange City Council is planning to have the long-awaited Ploughmans Valley North Orange Dual Water Scheme operating by the end of the year.  This is an important initiative for the Orange community which aims to reduce Orange’s consumption of drinking water by 40%, by instead letting residents use recycled water to water their gardens and flush toilets.

Residents of this area of Orange are at the forefront of this pioneering project.

Purple Water Meter cover .. Single click to see large image
METERS :  Homes in the North Orange area have two water meters in their front yard, one coloured purple for non-drinking water supply.

All houses in the Ploughmans Valley & North Orange area built since 2005 were required to be equipped with a ‘dual water’ plumbing system. Beginning at the distinctive purple-coloured water meter at the front of your property, your house was designed to have two sets of plumbing: one that supplied water to toilets and outdoor taps, and one for all other uses (drinking taps, hot water, washing machines, showers, baths, etc).

Because of the drought, the NSW government gave Orange City Council permission to postpone connecting newly-built houses to the recycled water system until the storm water wetlands were constructed and a second set of water mains were completed.


Ready to begin …

After some more infrastructure work is completed the system will be ready to use, but before it’s operating it’s crucial that Council staff inspected every house to make sure the internal plumbing system is functioning as it should be.

At this stage drinking water is being used in both systems. The inspections will check to make sure there are no cross-connections, and that recycled water is only being used in garden taps and toilets.

The inspection is a simple process that will only take 20-30 minutes, but council staff will need to go inside your house. It involves council plumbing staff turning off the drinking water meter, then the recycled water meter, one water meter at a time and checking the flow into each tap.

Purple outdoor tap .. Single click to see larger image
GARDEN : A distinctive sign, the purple coloured attachment and the detachable tap handle marks the outdoor source of non-drinking water.

Once the inspection is completed and provided there are no issues, the Council staff will leave a ‘Cross-Connection Audit Certificate of Compliance’ and place a sticker on the water meter box with the date of inspection.


More information:Info sheet image


You can also download this  Dual Water Scheme Information sheet (617 K)