Water Services

Metered standpipe hire

Council hires out metered standpipes to approved customers under certain terms and conditions for the purpose of supplying potable water from its reticulation system for use on development sites, water cartage, road works, landscaping and wherever access to water is otherwise limited.

A standpipe is a metered portable device used to obtain water directly from fire hydrants. Only approved customers can access the water network using a standpipe.

How do I apply to hire a metered standpipe?

Simply download and complete an Application Form for Metered Standpipe Hire (PDF 82.3KB) and be sure to read through the Metered Standpipe Hire Terms and Conditions. (PDF 433.7KB)

In the 2019/2020 Financial Year metered standpipe hire costs include:

  • Rental bond: $1840.00
  • Hire fee per week: $23.00
  • Water consumption costs: $1.93 per kL

Click here to see fees and charges and search 'standpipe'.

If you’re successful with your application to hire a Metered Standpipe, you’ll be required to complete a log book of it’s use on a monthly basis - download the Metered Standpipe Log Book (PDF 506.3KB).

Flow and pressure test application

Council offers a Statement of Pressure and Flow rate on Council water mains.

These are the tests required for water connections or extensions for new development including design of fire protection systems (hydrants). Click here to see Fees and Charges and search 'flow'.

To apply for a Flow and Pressure Test, download and complete the relevant form below and return with payment to Council.

Rainwater tank inspection

You may choose to install a stand-alone rainwater tank at home so that you can water your garden outside of limits imposed by water restrictions. This is permissible, as rainwater is unregulated.

However, some rainwater tanks, particularly those in new homes, are plumbed into the town water supply. In these instances, the current level of water restrictions will still apply – just as though the water used is from a tap connected directly to the town supply. 

For this reason, it is very difficult for Council to monitor use of such rainwater tanks during water restrictions as the supply can be switched back and forth without being detected.

If you’d like to use rainwater from a stand-alone tank, click here to complete form to have the system inspected so that you can be issued with an official Council approved sign.

Tamworth Environmental Laboratory

Click here to find out more

Bulk Water Filling Stations

There are 9 Bulk Water Filling Stations across the Tamworth Region. Council’s Bulk Water Filling Station project aims to give the community access to large volumes of potable water available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Locations of Bulk Filling Stations 

As of Monday 20 January 2020, all general access to the nine bulk water filling stations across the Tamworth Regional Council area has ceased and credit card facilities are now deactivated. This means that only registered domestic water carters and drought affected rural property owners with a Council issued card will be able to access the bulk water filling stations. Domestic water carters can only collect water from the bulk filling stations for delivery to properties that are not connected to a reticulated supply and require the water for stock and domestic purposes. Water from these stations will no longer be used to top up or fill pools, nor will it be used to fill rainwater tanks for properties connected to reticulated water. If you require water for topping up or filling a pool you will need to engage a water carter that can source the water from a bulk water filling station outside of the Tamworth Regional Council area.

Please see below for the locations and availability of Bulk Water Filling Stations in the region:

Address  Current Water Restriction Level  Accessible To 
19-23 Lockheed Street, Tamworth (PDF 2.9MB) Level 5 Domestic Water Carters and Drought Relief Cardholders Only
Behind Star Service Station
Goonoo Goonoo Road, Tamworth (PDF 3MB)
Level 5 Domestic Water Carters and Drought Relief Cardholders Only
Sandy Road, Kootingal (PDF 3.2MB) Level 5 Domestic Water Carters and Drought Relief Cardholders Only
Oxley Anchor
Manilla Road, Hallsville (PDF 3.3MB)
Level 5 Domestic Water Carters and Drought Relief Cardholders Only
Oakenville Street, Nundle (PDF 3.4MB) Level 4 Domestic Water Carters and Drought Relief Cardholders only
Adjacent to Showground
River Street, Manilla (PDF 3.5MB)
Level 3 Domestic Water Carters and Drought Relief Cardholders only
Caroline Street, Bendemeer (PDF 3.2MB) Level 3 Domestic Water Carters and Drought Relief Cardholders only
Palmer Street, Attunga (PDF 3.2MB) Level 1 Domestic Water Carters and Drought Relief Cardholders only
Adjacent to Showground
Rodney Street, Barraba (PDF 3.3MB)
Level 3 Domestic Water Carters and Drought Relief Cardholders only
                                  Resident access to bulk filling stations
  No resident access to bulk filling stations 


Water Refill Stations

To help make our region ever more sustainable, there are multiple Water Refill Stations. Each station includes a drinking fountain, multiple bottle refill points and even a dog bowl.

The project discourages the use of single use drink bottles while providing residents and visitors access to free drinking water.

See Water Refill Station locations on the map below.



Drought Relief Application

Council resolved to provide a limited free bulk water supply for drought affected rural customers. The period of free bulk water supply will be determined by Council.

Click here to complete the Drought Relief Water Filling Station Application Form

Registered Domestic Water Carters

Water Carters supplying water must be registered with Council.

A list of Domestic Water Carters registered with Council is provided below:

Business Name  Contact Number  Email Address 
Water on the Run 0412 712 552 kate@spryshorthorns.com
Sonny Ride - Manilla & Barraba  0417 619 173 sonny.coreena.ride@hotmail.com
Tucky's Topsoil & Water Deliveries  0428 175 264 geoffrey.joiner2@bigpond.com
Domestic Water Supplies 0429 613 061 domestic.watersupplies@gmail.com
Wayne Smith Water Carting 0419 629 960
0408 657 652
Dave Henry Water Cartage 0429 141 271 dave.henry4@bigpond.com
R & H Tipper Hire/Water Suppliers 0428 606 272 rodcochrane9898@gmail.com
Rowan Ross Contracting 0403 885 439 rosscontractingptyltd@gmail.com
Civilcon Solutions 0437 889 960 jackson@civilconsolutions.com
FarmCrete 0448 107 649 farmcrete@hotmail.com
Potsy's Domestic Water 0408 970 154 mitchellpotter@hotmail.com


For further enquiries please contact Customer Services on 02 6767 5555.