Boosting a community’s water supply to protect against drought
April 17, 2013

Centennial Coal’s Clarence Colliery, located about 140km northwest of Sydney near Lithgow, has been providing excess water to Lithgow’s Farmers Creek catchment system for almost three decades.

Water from the mine is treated at the colliery’s surface water treatment plant before it is pumped to the Lithgow water supply as part of the Clarence Water Transfer Scheme.

By supplying water to the Farmers Creek catchment, the colliery does not need to discharge water into the nearby Wollangambe River, and the community in turn has an additional water to rely upon during times of drought.

This long-term partnership between the coal miner and Lithgow City Council has meant that not only is the city’s water supply secure, but there’s a positive environmental outcome. 


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