Clarence Colliery (Clarence) has been supplementing Lithgow’s water supply for many, many years, 20 years in fact. Water is drawn from underground at Clarence to enable the safe extraction of the coal, transferred and treated, before augmenting the town supply from Farmers Creek Dam.
This arrangement has recently become more secure with the completion of the $4 million upgrade of the Clarence Water Transfer Scheme, funded by the Federal Government.
The upgrade allows for an increase in the supply of water from Clarence Colliery from 5 to 14 megalitres (the equivalent of 5 and half Olympic swimming pools) per day, whilst also allowing Lithgow City Council to alleviate environmental concerns regarding the stress experienced on the main town water supply dam during dry conditions.
Completion of the water transfer upgrade project provides increased water security, drought proofing the township of Lithgow. The partnership between Lithgow City Council and Clarence was recognised at the official opening of the amplified system in August 2014, by local Federal Member, the Honourable John Cobb and Mayor Maree Statham. The opening took place on site at Clarence Colliery’s Main Dam.