Water Flowing from StandpipeIn 2004, to ensure the ongoing supply of emergency water, SIRA entered into discussions with Pittwater Council and Sydney Water. It was agreed that SIRA would take on the responsibility of managing, upgrading and maintaining the Emergency Water Line, subject to residents entering into an Agreement for Sale of Water (a contract) to purchase emergency water. SIRA sought legal advice on this contract and was advised to take out public liability insurance and, in addition, that each resident in the household would be required to be a member of SIRA to further mitigate liability. Sydney Water classifies the emergency water as non-potable.

Read about the history of this vital service to the island.

Water Lines and Monitors
LineLocationsOperationWater Monitor
1Bell, via Carol’s,
Eastern to Pathilda Reserve
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Louisa Maxim
2Bell, via Cargo, Tennis to
Pathilda Reserve
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday (Day)
Cass Gye
3Bell, via Top of
Island to Kevin Street
Tuesday (Night)
Wednesday
Cass Gye

View the water lines map (click the map to enlarge)

Contact details Water Monitors

Emergency Water Monitor - Line 1

Photo of Emergency Water Monitor - Line 1
Contact: Louisa Maxim Other P.O. Box 568 Church Point NSW 2105 Phone: 0431 125 142

Emergency Water Monitor - Line 2 & 3

Photo of Emergency Water Monitor - Line 2 & 3
Contact: Cass Gye Other P.O. Box 52 Church Point NSW 2105 Mobile: 0418 220 107

How to book

  • Before booking: complete an Agreement for Sale of Water and SIRA Membership Form
  • Book in advance: Do not wait until your tank is low or empty!
  • Cancellations: a minimum 24-hours cancellation notice is required or booking fee of $10 will be charged, plus any water metered during booking period
  1. Telephone your monitor between 8 am and 8 pm only, with the following information:
    • Your name, address and telephone number
    • Your tank capacity in litres
    • Your preferred booking time and number of hours required
  2. Ask for the name and telephone number of bookings before and after your booking and make contact to confirm handover
  3. Phone to confirm booking 24 hours before allocated time and check any booking changes

Main Valve Line 2 at BellMain Valves Lines 1 and 3 at Bell

How to get water

  1. Take meter readings at start and finish of booking from correct line meter. If these meter readings are not taken, then readings reported by other bookings must be accepted.
  2. Close off the main line valve past your standpipe to block water and maximise flow into your tank.
  3. Turn on your standpipe valve and check that water is flowing into your tank. Allow at least 15 – 20 minutes for line to charge in some areas.
  4. If there is no flow, walk the main line and check all valves to locate any problems or leaks.
  5. Important: any problems or leaks turn off the main line valve at Bell and advise monitor
  6. Check collection regularly as water metered during booking period is your responsibility.
  7. When your booking is completed turn off your standpipe valve, open up main line valve, disconnect your fitting and take final reading at Bell from the correct meter.
  8. Advise meter readings to your monitor within 24 hours to calculate litres and charge.

Main Line Valve at Standpipe Off PositionStandpipe in Open PositionMain Line Junction with ValvesMain Line Valve at Standpipe Off Position

Location of water meters

  • First time users should locate and walk their line prior to booking – ask your neighbour!
  • Lines 1, 2 and 3 are individually metered and are located on platform under cage at the top of Bell Wharf steps
  • Main line valves are positioned on either side of platform and identified by numbered white reflector posts. Lines 1 and 3 towards Carol’s Wharf to the left of platform and Line 2 towards Cargo Wharf to the right of steps

Water Meters at BellMain Lines at Bell

How to connect

A complying connection to all main line standpipes is required as follows:

  • 1 x 40mm (1½ inch) poly BSP female fitting (nut & tail) plus male fitting (barbed tail)
  • 1 x meter braided clear polyurethane flexible pipe (food grade)
  • 2 x stainless steel clamps for each end
  • 1 x plug to keep the pipe clean and prevent the washer from falling out of ‘nut & tail’
  • flexible pipe for a clear view of water flow, more easily managed attachment to and from standpipe and reduced strain on standpipe when turning valve on and off
  • individual fittings to connect to your existing pipe system, as required
  • recommended: upgrade the existing pipe to your tank to 40mm to maximise flow

For connection to be assembled ready for use call Cass Gye, or  obtain fittings from: Water Warehouse sales@waterwarehouse.com.au; Gainforts, Darley Street, Mona Vale

Complying Connection

Complying Fitting Connected to Standpipe

Troubleshooting

  • If you are having problems, reset all valves and turn off Main Line valve at Bell
  • Ring your monitor immediately to notify any problems, breaks or leaks
  • Contact the next booking to advise water is turned off

Note: Repairs to the Main Line or standpipes will be actioned as soon as possible after inspection.

Remember you are responsible!

  • If water is lost for any reason during booking period, check your flow.
  •  If you finish early make contact with next person or turn off Main Line valve at Bell
  • When booking is finished, reset all valves to make line ready for next booking
  • Disconnect fitting from your standpipe immediately after booking
  • Ensure connections to standpipes comply as described

Charges and conditions

  • S.I.R.A. water charge: $4 per 1,000 litres
  • Booking fee: $10 per booking
  • No accounts issued: monitor will advise charge, receipts available upon request
  • Payment must be received within 7 days
  • Late fee of $10 applies to overdue payments
  • Outstanding accounts: bookings will not be accepted and/or pre-payment will be required
  • Cancellations: a minimum 24 hours cancellation notice is required or booking fee of $10 will be charged, plus any water metered during booking period

How to pay

  • By internet transfer: Scotland Island Residents’ Association BSB 112879 Account 421828033, identify with Name & Line No
  • By cheque: made payable to Scotland Island Residents’ Association and sent to your monitor
  • By cash: to be made by arrangement with your monitor: DO NOT SEND CASH BY MAIL

Important notice

Monitors work hard to keep you happy. Your understanding, civility and prompt payment is appreciated.
Monitors reserve the right to refuse bookings to any resident who is uncooperative and/or abusive
Any resident found ‘taxing’ the water line will be ‘tagged’ as a problem source on that line.

Related documents

Emergency Water Guidelines July 2014

Agreement For Sale Of Water Updated 2013

SIRA Membership Application 2014-2015