Water Flows from Chichester Dam

When the water supply position became critical in the summer of 1923-4, strenuous efforts were made to provide an emergency means of supply from Chichester Dam. Work on the tunnel under the Hunter River was still incomplete and, as an alternative, two pipes were placed in the riverbed as a temporary connection.
The pipes were assembled in 24 metre lengths on boats and lowered to the bed of the river, where a diver coupled them together.
Water from Chichester Dam was delivered into Waratah Reservoir through this system in November 1923