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Bathurst has never been placed on water restrictions during the recent drought. With dam levels at 100%, water is an asset that the Bathurst community and Council do not take for granted!

Bathurst Regional Council's aim is to supply a clean, safe and secure water supply for both the business community and residents of Bathurst. This is done in an efficient, cost effective manner which maximises the potential benefits of the resource and satisfies the needs of the natural ecosystem in an ecologically sustainable way. Water for the City of Bathurst is sourced from two dams, Chifley and Winburndale.

Chifley Dam

The major water storage for Bathurst is Chifley Dam located on the Campbell's River some 17 kilometres upstream of Bathurst. Water released from the dam flows down the Campbells River into the Macquarie River. It is then drawn from the Macquarie to supply Bathurst. Chifley Dam is an earth and rockfill structure. The catchment area is 960 square kilometres, and the dam's capacity with the present wall height is 30,800 million litres.

The earth wall is 455 metres long and 34.4 metres high. It has a concrete side channel spillway on the eastern side of the embankment. There is also a six bay, 172 metre wide emergency spillway excavated into natural material on the western side of the structure, designed to sequentially operate if the side channel spillway cannot cope with high flood flows.

Winburndale Dam

There is no public access allowed to Winburndale Dam.

Winburndale Dam is located on the Winburndale Rivulet, some 21 kilometres east of Bathurst. Water from the dam is used primarily for park watering and industrial purposes. Water supplied to Bathurst is provided by a pipeline between the dam and the city.

The dam is a concrete gravity structure, 32 metres long and 22 metres above foundation level at its highest point. The abutments are earthfill, sealed with a thin layer of concrete. The capacity of the dam is estimated at 1,700 million litres, from a catchment area of approximately 88 square kilometres.

For information on current dam levels click here