Bulk Water Supply
Council provides a bulk drinking water supply for rural customers (within the Bathurst Local Government Area but outside the city water supply network) and approved construction and works projects. This water supply is accessed through dedicated bulk drinking water filling stations located in Hereford Street between the Macquarie River and Gilmour Street.
The water is sourced from the Bathurst water supply system and has been treated to meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. The water must be used in a conservative manner that is consistent with Bathurst’s current level of water restrictions.
Cost of Water
The cost of bulk water is $5 per kilolitre (1000L) as at 1 July 2022 and may be subject to change.
Water Filling Stations
Council has upgraded its water filling stations and has recently installed four new (Abberfield) water filling stations at the pull out on the western side of Hereford Street. Once a bulk water permit is obtained (Step 1 below) and the user is registered (Step 2 below), customers can access the bulk water supply at any time using a credit or debit card at one of the Abberfield filling stations.
When using the new water filling stations, customers may choose from three outlet options (80mm, 50mm, and 25 mm) and will need female camlock fittings and hoses. User instructions for the new stations are available here.
One older (Moneca) water filling station remains in operation on a temporary basis in a separate location on Hereford Street near Edgells Lane. This station will be phased out over time, so existing customers are encouraged to complete the Abberfield registration process as soon as possible.
Further information about the upgrade is available in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Accessing Bulk Water
Step 1: Bulk Water Permit
To access the bulk drinking water, all customers must first obtain a Bulk Water Permit Application and email it to or present it in person at the Engineering Counter (Top floor, Civic Centre, 158 Russell Street).
Step 2: User Registration
Once a permit is obtained, all paying customers will need to complete a one-off User Registration Form – Hereford Street Water Filling Stations. This can be returned to Council in person (Engineering Counter, Top floor, Civic Centre, 158 Russell Street) or via email at .
Council will aim to process registration forms immediately upon receipt but may require up to two working days before registration is confirmed. Customers are therefore encouraged to complete the registration process well in advance of needing access to water.
As per the Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012, bulk water carters who supply water to third parties must develop and adhere to a Quality Assurance Program (QAP). The QAP aims to ensure safe drinking water is provided to end users and must be submitted to NSW Health. Water carters must keep detailed records, undertake regular inspections, use appropriate equipment, and ensure tanks are clean and disinfected. See NSW Health Guidelines for Water Carters for details.
Documents and Links
FAQ: Changes to Access Bulk Water
Abberfield Bulk Water Filling Station User Instructions
User Registration Form – Hereford Street Water Filling Stations
Bulk Water Permit Application
NSW Health Guidelines for Water Carters