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Wagga Wagga is blessed with a good supply of water for domestic, commercial and industrial use.
The supplier is Riverina Water County Council, a body formed on 2nd May 1997 specifically for this purpose and operates under the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1993.
Council members consist of 3 elected members from Wagga Wagga City Council and one each from Lockhart and Urana Shire Councils, and an Administrator for Greater Hume Shire.
The filtration plant and bores in the City environs are the responsibility of Riverina Water County Council. These are the principal sources of supply of water for Wagga Wagga and the County area, which also takes in Lockhart, Urana, Culcairn and Holbrook Shires.
All parts of the urban area are reticulated with filtered, chlorinated and fluoridated water, and the extensive reliable resources of the Murrumbidgee River and the under ground sources ensure a plentiful supply of potable water.
The treated water is pumped to service reservoirs of Willans Hill, Glenfield and Bomen, then reticulated throughout the City area and to Gumly Gumly, Forest Hill, Ladysmith, San Isidore, Kapooka, Currawarna, Mangoplah, Uranquinty, The Rock, Pleasant Hills, Yerong Creek, Henty and Morven.
Further sources of supply have been installed for Tarcutta, Humula, Woomargama, Morundah, Rand, Collingullie, Walbundrie and Oura. The total cost of the Country District water supply works completed to date is approximately $37,000,000.
Southern Riverina County Council was incorporated in 1938 to make reticulated water available to towns and villages in the Shires of Lockhart, Kyeamba, Mitchell and Culcairn. The Shires of Urana and Holbrook were subsequently added, as was the Municipality of Wagga Wagga in 1945. In 1981 Kyeamba and Mitchell Shire areas were included in Wagga Wagga City area.
Water Supply infrastructure some dating back to 1885 was established with the Murrumbidgee River at Wagga Wagga the principle water source, and a network of treatment, pumping, storage and pipework installations.
Augmentation has continued, to take in all towns and villages and several rural areas, and there are currently some 25,092 customer connections within the 15,500 sq. km served. Wagga Wagga urban area contains 20,004 of these customers. The location and development of groundwater sources has been utilised over the last thirty years, and bore water now supplies three quarters of production.
For a time Southern Riverina was also responsible for distribution of electricity in the area. The formation of the large electricity distributor, Great Southern Energy in 1995 precipitated a review of water supply administration, resulting in the decision to form a new County Council for water supply, to operate from July 1997. "Riverina Water County Council" was gazetted on 2 May, 1997 and formally operated from 1st July, 1997.
Drinking quality water is supplied to all customers continuing a tradition of almost sixty years of filtered water and high service standards by a leading and innovative utility service organisation.
The quantity supplied varies from year to year with weather conditions and growth of the area.
Riverina Water County Council
91 Hammond Avenue
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
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