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Lithgow City Council is going into phase two of their Water Loss Management Planning by installing flow meters at each water reservoir in the local government area.

Council has already implemented smart water metering and active leak detection to homes around the area. Council has engaged a local contractor to undertake the installation of new flowmeters at the reservoirs, commencing Wednesday, October 14.

To undertake the installing of these meters the reservoirs will be closed off for a short period during the day to allow for the installation. Residents may experience a reduction in water pressure or no water while works are being undertaken. At the end of the works, Council will flush water mains to reduce dirty water and return service as soon as practicable.

Works have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Lidsdale: 14/10/2020
  • Wallerawang: 15/10/2020
  • Portland High: 16/10/2020
  • Portland Low: 19/10/2020
  • South Littleton: 20/10/2020
  • Vickers St: 21/10/2020
  • Magpie Hollow Rd: 22/10/2020
  • Cook St High: 23/10/2020
  • Cook St Low: 26/10/2020
  • Shaft St Old: 27/10/2020
  • Shaft St New: 28/10/2020
  • Oakey Park: 29/10/2020


Residents are advised before using water for domestic purposes to run the first tap that services their property to ensure the water is clean and any dirt released into the system has been flushed before running internal taps.

According to Council the installation of these larger meters will provide Council the ability to detect leaks within the water mains and reduce water losses in the system.

By comparing the amounts of water leaving the reservoir to that which is consumed by households Council will apparently have an indication of water loss in particular areas of the network.

Smart water metering has been successful in identifying leaks within private property. According to Council in the last 12 months the correction of these leaks has saved 46,563 kilolitres of water, the equivalent of 18 Olympic size swimming pools.

“With the expansion of this active leak detection we can further conserve this precious resource,” Lithgow City Council’s Director Water and Wastewater, Daniel Buckens said.

Council will be providing written correspondence to each property to inform when the works will be undertaken in their area. Council will also be issuing notices via the MiWater system and via email to property owners and residents that have provided this information to Council.

Published 9th October 2020 by Lithgow City Council in the Lithgow Mercury
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