Umberumberka Waterworks, 1915-1926

From Engineering Heritage New South Wales


Mining for silver, lead and zinc commenced at Broken Hill in 1883. Water supply was critical for the town from the earliest times.

A water supply system was built at Stephens Creek north east of Broken Hill in 1892 and, as the town expanded, more water was required. After much delay the Umberumberka project was commissioned in 1915 and continues in operation today.

Broken Hill is still threatened by water shortages as supply from the Darling River is affected by a changing environment.

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Engineering Heritage Recognition Program

Marker Type National Engineering Landmark (NEL)
Award Date 11 June 2010 (Plaquing Date)
Prominent People Sir George Sidney Mullen
Nomination Document Available here
Ceremony Booklet MISSING
Interpretation Panel None installed.
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