TAMWORTH Regional Council will tomorrow discuss a proposal to build a pipeline from Chaffey Dam to supply the Calala Water Treatment Works.
The proposed pipeline would shortcut a process that takes two or three days for water to be delivered from the dam to the treatment works.
Council’s water enterprises director Bruce Logan has recommended that the plan be submitted to the NSW Office of Water, which recently called for water-saving initiatives that could be rolled out in the Murray-Darling Basin.
The issue will be discussed at tomorrow night’s TRC business meeting.
At present when raw water from Chaffey Dam is needed at the Calala plant, an order needs to be logged with State Water for a certain quantity of water at the Peel River Intake Works.
Water is then released from the dam into the river.
Over the next two to three days, that water makes its way to the Peel River Pump Station, where it is taken out of the river and pumped to the plant.
Other options considered as possible submissions to the Office of Water were a pipeline from Chaffey Dam to the Dungowan Pipeline, and a new intake from the Peel River at Dungowan.
It is understood the Chaffey-to-Calala pipeline was chosen because the other two options made use of the existing Dungowan Pipeline and would reduce the total amount of water that could be sourced from Chaffey Dam.