Central Coast Council has a two-way agreement with Hunter Water for transfers of water when supplies are low.
The Hunter Connection pipeline adds to an existing scheme linking the Central Coast with Hunter Water. The link has increased supply from six million litres of drinking water a day to 35 million litres of drinking water a day, when required.
What is the Hunter Connection?
The Hunter Connection is a 30 kilometre pipeline linking the Hunter to the Central Coast.
The construction of the pipeline involved building a 30km pipeline from Morisset to Warnervale, building pipelines between Balmoral and Dora Creek in the Hunter Region and building two new pump stations at Fennell Bay and Morisset.
The Hunter link was initially built to provide the Central Coast with water during the drought in 2006. It provided about 35% of the Central Coast's total daily use of water in 2006.
The Hunter Connection also has the capacity to transfer water back to the Hunter when needed. This two-way sharing arrangement is of benefit to both regions, and is a great example of the inter-regional cooperation for the benefit of both communities.
The total cost of the project was $37.3 million - of which $21.1 million was jointly provided by the former Gosford City and Wyong Shire Councils, $9.6 million by Hunter Water and $6.6 million by the Australian Government's WaterSmart Australia Program.