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Goondiwindi Regional Council is committed to maintaining high standards of Customer Service.  A full set of standards have been developed and are available from any of Council's offices.  For further information please view the following documents:

Current Works:

Water Interruptions:

Planned Interruptions:

Refer Notices page.

Mains Flushing:

Refer Notices page.

Programmed Works:

Refer Notices page.

Water Connections:

How much does it cost for a water connection?

Water Connection Fees  

Water Supply Charges:

Charges apply to users connected to the Council Water Reticulation System.

Water Supply Infrastructure Charge

Water Supply Consumption Charge

Purchase of Bulk Water from a Bore:

Bore Keys:

Bore keys can be purchased annually for access to the Goondiwindi and Toobeah bore. An annual application fee is payable before a key is issued. New keys are payable each financial year (1 July to 30 June). Separate keys are issued for each bore. 

Bulk Water from Council Standpipes (Drought Declared)

Council is committed to offering assistance to farming families, businesses and communities affected by drought within its local government area through the supply of bulk water for domestic household purposes.

Applications for bulk water outside the local government area will be considered on a case-by-case basis but will not be considered under high water restrictions.

Application Process

Applications can be made on the prescribed form. Please allow 24 hours for assessment.

Fees & Charges

To assist with the cost of providing essential water for domestic household use, water will be charged at the same rate as residents connected to Council’s town water supply and will be exempt from the collection fee.

Bulk Water Quantities

Applications shall be restricted to a maximum quantity based on the number of persons residing within the household and the water consumption target under the current water restriction level. Applicant will not be eligible to apply for additional water until the next eligible application date.

Nominated Collection Points

Water can be collect from the Goondiwindi, Inglewood & Texas Depots between 8:00am to 2:30pm weekdays, excluding public holidays.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for the collection and cartage of all water.

Water Quality

Council makes no guarantee of the drinking quality of the water once collected. Applicant’s are encouraged to engage the services of an accredited drinking water carrier.

How to read your water meter:

The black/white numbers, on the left, show the reading in kilolitres. These are the numbers used for billing purposes

The white/red numbers, on the right, show litres used.

If this dial continues to move when all water taps are turned off inside the property it may indicate you have a leak.

Water Leaks:

Repairing a Water Leak on your Property

If the water leak is in one of your pipes (the property owner's pipes), you should call a licensed plumber.  Please note that you will be charged for the water that your property uses while the leak remains unrepaired.

For further information please refer to GRC 0071 Concealed Water Leak Policy.

If the water leak is in one of Council's pipes, please call Goondiwindi Regional Council. 

  • To report a water leak during business hours contact please Council on 4671 7400
  • For Council Emergencies (outside business hours) in the Goondiwindi area please call 4671 4671
  • For Council Emergencies (outside business hours) in the Inglewood and Texas areas please call 4652 183

Water Conservation:

Downloads:

Water Wise Information Sheet

Home Water Audit

High Water Use Checklist for Households

There are a number of factors that may cause your water bill to increase. Slight changes within your household consumption or a concealed water leak can impact your bill.  The following checklist may help you narrow down what is causing the unusually high water bill.

  • Did you have any guests or extra laundry demands?
  • Have you had any new water appliance or fittings installed recently?
  • Do you see or hear water running or dripping from toilets, taps, pipes or hoses?
  • Have you made changes to your garden?
  • Is the timer working on your irrigation system?
  • If you have a swimming pool is the auto-fill system working properly?
  • Has your household been taking longer showers?
  • Have you had any recent leaks or plumbing work completed, that could have contributed to increased water use?
  • Are re-circulating pumps working on any ornamental water features?
  • Check your evaporative air conditioners are functioning correctly.

Water Saving Tips for Commercial Properties

  • Conduct monthly inspections of your business, focusing on piping joints, toilets, showers, taps, pump seals, hose nozzles, shut-off valves, cooling towers, etc.
  • Poorly maintained equipment can often be prone to leaks. Check any equipment that uses water on a regular basis and put in place preventative maintenance schedules to help avoid potential issues.
  • For underground or concealed pipe work, plumbing companies can be employed to use acoustic leak detection units and pressure testing to locate leaks. 

Backflow Prevention Devices

Backflow Prevention is the term used to prevent the reverse flow of water from a potentially polluted or contaminated source into drinking and bathing water supply systems. By installing a backflow prevention device, this risk is managed. There are a number of backflow prevention devices available to suit any particular situation.

backflow device
Figure 1: Typical Backflow Device

When does backflow occur?  

The water supply system is designed to ensure your property is supplied with drinking water under pressure. If there is a drop in the supply pressure, there is a risk that water could flow backwards into the water main.

The water flowing back to the water mains could contain contaminates, foreign matter, or debris. This usually occurs when there is cross-connection between drinking and non-drinking water sources. The contaminated water can then come out of the mains supply at another location, with the potential to harm.

Backflow occurs because a condition exists in a water supply system that will cause back-siphonage or back-pressure.

Examples of how back-siphonage and back-pressure can occur:

  • Back-siphonage can occur on a property through a vacuum created in the water supply system. An example of back-siphonage would be a pipeline breakage, undersized pipework or high withdrawal rates.
  • Back-pressure occurs when the pressure within plant on a property exceeds that of the water supply mains. For example, a boiler that is chemically treated and has a higher discharge pressure than the mains supply can "force" the water back into the drinking water supply, contaminating it with chemicals.

Examples of potential source of contamination: 

  • Fire services  
  • Fire Hose Reels (FHR)
  • Irrigation systems  
  • Vehicle maintenance pits
  • Vehicle/bin washing bays
  • Chemical injection areas
  • Alternative water supplies

Examples of properties requiring backflow prevention:

  • Motels and Hotels  
  • Vehicle repair workshops
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Caravan parks
  • Medical and dental surgeries
  • Car and plant washing facilities  
  • Dry cleaners and laundries
  • Hospitals and funeral parlours
  • Club houses for sports
  • Schools
  • Day care centres and kindergartens
  • Abattoirs

What is the safeguard to prevent a backflow occurrence?

A correctly selected backflow prevention device (one-way valve) will eliminate any risk of contamination of the drinking water supply. Backflow devices are either testable or non-testable types with the selection dependent on the risk associated with the possible contamination.

Application and registration of a backflow prevention device

Council is required to keep a register in accordance with the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019.

The Licensed Plumber who inspects or tests a testable backflow prevention device must, within 10 business days after inspecting or testing the device, give local government written results of the inspection or test, along with payment of all relevant Fees and Charges.

 

Information on testing and registering backflow prevention devices.

Forms