Supply of Bulk Filtered Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Bathurst Regional Council provides a bulk filtered drinking water supply for rural customers, and approved construction and works projects. This water is sourced from the Bathurst water supply system and has been treated to meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. The water should be used in a conservative manner that is consistent with Bathurst’s current level of water restrictions.

Council has two dedicated bulk filtered drinking water filling stations located in Hereford Street between the Macquarie River and Gilmour Street.

Cost of Water
Council resolved at its meeting of 6 June 2018 to temporarily reduce the price of the bulk filtered water. Water now costs $2.50 per kL until further notice. This rate will be reviewed as conditions change.

Primary producers 
Council resolved at its meeting of 5 September 2018 to provide a limited free bulk filtered water supply for drought affected rural customers. Go to Free Water for Verified Primary Producers for more information.

Obtaining Water
To access the bulk filtered water, all customers must follow a two-stage process:

  1. Obtain a permit to access bulk water
    Customers must complete and sign an application form for a permit to access bulk filtered water. The completed form must be presented in person at the Engineering reception counter (top floor, Civic Centre, 158 Russell Street) during business hours. If approved, the permit is usually valid for the current level of restrictions only.

  2. Purchase or obtain water credit
    Permit holders need to visit Council’s cashiers during business hours to obtain a water card and prepay for water that will be credited to the water card. 

Customers need to have a female 50mm camlock fitting and appropriate hoses and fittings to suit their individual containers or tankers. See Supply Conditions for instructions on using the filling station.

Water Carters
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.