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Council provides the essential water requirements of 46,418 people spread over an area of 22,526 square kilometres between the Lachlan & Murrumbidgee Rivers in the South West of NSW.

Whilst the operation of all systems under Goldenfields’ control is being fully integrated, the infrastructure relies on five separate sources, each of which supplies into a separate area.



Supply is obtained from the Murrumbidgee River adjacent to the Village of Jugiong and treated at a modern plant with the normal capacity of 40 megalitres a day.

The plant process includes settlement, filtration, chlorination and fluoridation, followed by pumping to the Cowangs Reservoirs for distribution.

This system utilises 14 sets of reservoirs and 8 operational pumping stations and serves consumers in the rural areas and villages of the Shires of Cootamundra and Temora (east of Temora Township only), as well as the bulk consumers of Cootamundra, Harden and Young Shires.



This source comprise a borefield at Gumly Gumly Island on the northern side of the Murrumbidgee River, just east of Wagga, with associated plant to enable aeration, chlorination and fluoridation before pumping to balance tanks at Junee for distribution.

The total system comprises 4 bore pumps, 19 pumping stations and 33 sets of reservoirs. It supplies bulk water to Riverina Water where that organization services rural customers in the eastern sector of Wagga City, an then to Council's own customers from Junee north as far as Ungarie and west to Barellan (which had a dual supply).


Two bores near Matong on the northern side of the Murrumbidgee River supply drinking water to Goldenfields Customers in the Coolamon - Grong Grong area. This system can be interconnected with the Oura System, and all infrastructure other than the bores is included in the details for the system.


A non-potable supply is taken from an irrigation canal and forms the second component of the Barellan dual supply system, as well as providing a farm water supply to the Binya area, through a network of two pumping stations and three sets of reservoirs.


A borefield situated between Lake Brewster (Lake Ballyrogan) and the Lachlan River, south-west of Lake Cargelligo, is operated jointly by Goldenfields and Carrathool Shire, and supplies drinking water to the rural areas and villages of Naradhan, Weethalle and Tallimba.

Infrastructure includes seven reservoirs sites and five pumping stations.

The approximate proportions of the output from each source are as follows:-
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