Orange’s water supply

 135 Byng St, Orange
 02 6393 8000
 02 6393 8199
 council@orange.nsw.gov.au

To report a broken water main or a leaking pipe, please call : 1300 650 511 

The city of Orange draws its water from a number of sources.

The Orange Raw Water Supply System is the term used for these different sources of untreated ‘raw’ water and how they are managed for the community of Orange.

It includes:

  • Suma Park and Spring Creek
  • the Blackmans Swamp Creek and Ploughmans Creek stormwater harvesting schemes
  • the Macquarie River to Orange Pipeline
  • Underground water bores

This diagram shows simply how water, from different sources, finds its way into Orange’s main water supply storage dam,  Suma Park Dam.

The water in the dam can then be pumped to the water treatment plant or, released as an environment flow, into Blackmans Swamp Creek, downstream of the dam.

After leaving the treatment plant, water flows into reservoirs around Orange through pipes (a reticulation system) and then to resident’s homes and businesses.

A network of sewers then takes waste water to the Sewerage Treatment Plant before the treated effluent is used by the mining industry or returned to the environment.

Image of Orange's Raw Water Supply System

Orange City Council has developed a plan aimed at ensuring that the environmental requirements and commitments made during the approvals process for the Macquarie River to Orange pipeline as well as other relevant licensing conditions, are implemented, monitored and reviewed as Orange’s (raw) water supply system is operated.

The Operation Environmental Management Plan (OEMP)  for the Orange Raw Water Supply System was formally approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on 7 September 2016. Here is the formal Letter of Approval.

The latest version of the OEMP Orange Raw Water Management Plan from June 2018 is available here.

The latest Water Supply Asset Management Plan is available here. 

Annual Review

It’s intended that the OEMP will be reviewed each year. The following document is the second annual review of the OEMP.

DOWNLOAD: OCC Raw Water Supply System Annual Review 2017-18

Decision Support Tool

Part of the OEMP, the Decision Support Tool (DST) is a document which determines how the raw water supply system will be operated, year to year, and particularly which sources of water will be used.

Using this document to guide its meetings, a water management team meets every three months to review a number of factors including :

  • climatic conditions
  • water supply levels
  • potential water sources

The group then recommends the mix of water sources to be used.

After each meeting, this team produces a report –  Decision Support Tool Quarterly Review – 17 January 2019

An annual analysis of the year ahead is also produced. This report looks at the weather outlook and likely sources of waterOEMP Water Year Analysis -July 2018 to June 2019 )

The quarterly reviews of the DST contain the Current Operating Rules.

Water Access Licences (Statement of Conditions)

The Orange Raw Water Supply system operates under a number of NSW Government-issued water licences. These documents include the conditions that govern how water from each source may be used.

WAL36161 80AL722751 Summer Hill Creek

WAL33891 80AL718055_Bell River

WAL29148 80AL715358_Lachlan Fold Belt MDB Groundwater Source

WAL36374 80AL722854 Macquarie River above Burrendong

WAL30283 80AL715991 Clifton Grove Bores

Stream Gauges

A number of stream gauging stations provide information about the amount of water at key points in local river systems. These include:

  • Station 421192 Macquarie River downstream of Long Point (Macquarie Pipeline Pump offtake point)
  • Station 421185 Summer Hill Creek at Icely Road
  • Station 421197 Summer Hill Creek at Third Crossing bridge
  • Station 421051 Blackmans Swamp Creek at the Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Station 421186 Ploughmans Creek at North Orange 1 Sewage Pump Station
  • Station 421196 Outflow downstream of Suma

Data from these stream gauge sites is managed by WaterNSW and is available online at :

 https://realtimedata.waternsw.com.au/

How to find data

To access the info on this page click the left-hand menu item ‘Real Time Data – Rivers And Streams’, then zoom in on the map to the Orange district. Then, click on the correct station number, to find river heights and flow-rates in the river.

To access this information, find the station number (as above) in the list of stations on the following web page and then read the river height at that location. Data from these stations can be found at: http://hydrotel.water.nsw.gov.au/421.html

Suma Park Dam Environmental Flow Releases (Statement of Approval 80CA722752)

The Suma Park Dam Environmental Flow Release (Station 421196) data is also available at: http://hydrotel.water.nsw.gov.au/421.html

Pipeline Assessment and Approval Process

The Macquarie River to Orange pipeline project was designed and constructed after a detailed assessment. The Major Project Assessment Documents can be accessed on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.

Conditions of Consent ~ NSW Government

The NSW State Government gave approval to the project in June 2013. The NSW Department’s Conditions of Consent for the Macquarie River to Orange Pipeline project Conditions of Consent

Reporting

Annual Review Report

Under these conditions of approval, Orange City Council is required to submit an annual review. The latest annual review Annual Review 30 March 2016 (1.7 MB) can be downloaded here.

Annual Aquatic Environmental Monitoring Program Report

The council is also required to submit a report on matters including habitat mapping, fish community sampling and the efficiency of the pump off-take to limit impact on fish and fish eggs. Download the AEMP Report 7 April 2016 (293 KB)

Independent Environmental Audit

This letter from the letter from the Department of Planning - 14 June 2016 includes an extension of time for a required independent environmental audit.

Extraction Reports

This Extraction Report_January 2019 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s water supply sources for January 2019.

This Extraction Report December 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s water supply sources for December 2018.

This Extraction Report November 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s water supply sources for November 2018.

This Extraction Report October 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s water supply sources for October 2018.

This Extraction Report September 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s water supply sources for September 2018.

This Extraction Report August 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for August 2018.

This Extraction Report July 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for July 2018.

The Extraction Report June 2018  shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for June 2018.

The Extraction Report May 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for May 2018.

This Extraction Report April 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for April 2018

This Extraction Report March 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for March 2018.

The Extraction Report February 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for February 2018.

The Extraction Report January 2018 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for January 2018.

This Extraction Report December 2017 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for December 2017

This Extraction Report November 2017 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for November 2017.

This Extraction Report October 2017  shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for October 2017

This Extraction Report September 2017 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for September 2017

This Extraction Report August 2017 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for August 2017

This Extraction Report July 2017 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for July 2017.

This Extraction Report June 2017 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for June 2017.

This Extraction Report May 2017 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for May 2017.

This Extraction Report April 2017  shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for April 2017.

This Extraction Report March 2017 shows daily water extractions from Orange City Council’s Water Supply sources for March 2017.


Conditions of Consent ~ Australian Government

The Australian Government’s Conditions of Consent were issued by the Department of Environment and Energy.

Reporting

Annual Review Reports 

Under these federal conditions of approval, Orange City Council is required to submit annual review reports. The latest annual reviews can be downloaded here:

Commonwealth Government Annual Review Report 31 December 2014 (19 KB)

Biobanking Annual Report July 2016  (2.1 MB)

Complaints or enquiries

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Orange City Council
PO Box 35
Orange NSW 2800

24 hour telephone number: 1300 650 511
Email: council@orange.nsw.gov.au