About the project
Currently in the early planning stages, the proposed Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam Pipeline Project aims to enhance water security and reliability within the current system and support improved drought resilience and water connectivity in the Upper Hunter catchment.
The proposed project involves connecting Lostock and Glennies Creek dams via a two-way bulk water transfer pipeline (including pumping stations and other associated infrastructure). It also involves a proposed Paterson River offtake near the township of Paterson to access river flows downstream of Lostock Dam and an associated water treatment plant and pipeline to connect to the Hunter Water supply network in the Maitland region.
The proposed works include:
- a new two-way water transfer pipeline between the Lostock Dam and Glennies Creek Dam
- a new pumping station located upstream of Lostock Dam wall comprising submersible pumps and large booster pumps within the station
- a new pumping station located at Glennies Creek Dam, it’s location will be dependent on the route taken
- a submerged pipe and diffuser discharge arrangement below the water surface at each dam
- electricity transmission and road infrastructure improvements
- a water supply offtake and pump station from the Paterson River
- a new drinking water treatment plant
- a pipeline connecting to the Hunter Water network in the Maitland region.
The proposed project would benefit the region by:
- increasing water availability
- making better use of existing water infrastructure
- improving water reliability and supply to existing and future agriculture, industries and towns across the entire region
- providing long-term regional water security in response to the effects of climate change
- increasing the region’s drought resilience.
The project’s strategic business case, developed by WaterNSW, was approved to proceed to the final business case stage in 2020.
The proposed Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam Project aims to enhance water security and reliability within the current system and support improved drought resilience and water connectivity in the Upper Hunter catchment.Download the project overview (PDF. 1,580KB)
Why the project is needed
The proposed project was recommended as a long-term water security solution in Infrastructure NSW’s State Infrastructure Strategy 2018–2038, the Department of Planning and Environment’s Greater Hunter Regional Water Strategy and the Lower Hunter Water Security Plan.
The potential scheme would provide greater flexibility to manage overall supply and demand within the Hunter Valley by linking the Upper Hunter region’s eastern zone (known for higher rainfall and catchment runoff) with the region’s western zone (given its large water storage capacity).
Creating a link between the proposed pipeline and Hunter Water’s supply system would optimise the use of existing dam infrastructure and provide improved drought resilience for the Lower Hunter region as well as the Central Coast.
Water Infrastructure NSW and Hunter Water are in the early stages of preparing a final business case for the proposed project.
This final business case will build on the analysis of options in the strategic business case to produce a more comprehensive analysis of the proposal.
Its development will involve a range of technical, environmental, cultural heritage and economic studies as well as comprehensive engagement with stakeholders and the community.
At this stage, the project’s final business case is expected to be completed in early 2024.
Whether the project ultimately proceeds will depend on the outcomes of the final business case, future comprehensive environmental assessments, formal planning approvals and funding availability.
WaterNSW remain the owner and operator of the Lostock Dam and Glennies Creek Dam.
From December 2022, Water Infrastructure NSW will investigate sites across the project area and Hunter Water will investigate potential routes and sites for the proposed offtake and water treatment plant and pipeline.
The purpose of these initial investigations is to better understand possible water supply infrastructure options at various locations, which will be used to inform the project’s final business case.
Access to both public and private land may be required for these site investigations, which (depending on the location) will include a range of environmental, ecological, cultural heritage and geotechnical assessments and inspections.
Water Infrastructure NSW and Hunter Water are contacting landowners directly if their property potentially needs to be accessed as part of these investigations.
Water Infrastructure NSW and Hunter Water are committed to building and maintaining respectful, trusted and collaborative relationships with relevant communities and stakeholders to ensure this proposed water infrastructure project achieves the best possible outcomes.
We believe in engagement with real, tangible and practical outcomes enabling our communities to work in partnership to deliver projects realising a wide range of benefits with minimal disruption.
We will provide ample opportunities for local communities and stakeholders, including Traditional Owners and First Nations communities, to have their say on the project as it progresses.
Upcoming public engagement opportunities will be highlighted on this project webpage and on the Water Group’s stakeholder engagement page.
Community information sessions
In December, community members were invited to several information sessions to learn more about the proposed project, ask questions and provide feedback to the project team.
The presentation given at the Tocal session (PDF, 2660.65 KB) is now available.
Consultation is ongoing and we will continue to engage with community members in 2023. To receive updates on the consultation, subscribe to the Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam Pipeline Project mailing list.
For more information about the proposed pipeline or to enquire about any of the project activities email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 081 047.