Council’s Project Manager Gavin McKenzie and Murrurundi Water Supervisor James Davis at the site where a 1,500kL reservoir will replace one of the old 250Kl reservoirs.
Murrurundi's water security is set to be improved tenfold by 2021.
The 40km Scone to Murrurundi Pipeline opened in May this year which pumps water to the town from Glenbawn Dam, but if the pipe failed or any of the four pump stations at the moment that would cause a water supply issue on a peak water demand day, the reservoirs could be exhausted within 24 hours.
This would not allow adequate time to undertake repairs. Considering this scenario and other factors a 1,500kL capacity reservoir was decided upon. One of the existing reservoirs will be replaced, while the second existing reservoir will remain in place to provide a water source during the construction phase. When the larger reservoir is commissioned, the second reservoir will become redundant.
Construction will soon begin to replace the operation of two existing water reservoirs, which have a combined capacity of 500kL, with a new 1,500kL concrete reservoir that will further increase water security for the town of Murrurundi.
At the Upper Hunter Shire Council Ordinary Meeting on 31 August Council agreed to award the tender for design and construction of the Murrurundi reservoir to Hornick Constructions Pty Ltd, for a total sum of $1.2 million.
Construction will commence later this year with completion by mid 2021.
Council have allocated $1,059,000 in grant funding for the new reservoir under the NSW Safe and Secure Water Program and Council is also contributing $706,000.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said that just because it has recently rained doesn’t mean we can take our eye off the ball.
“As ever, we need to plan for the next drought and beyond,” Michael Johnsen said.
“I am proud to be a member of a Government that delivered this funding for our local Murrurundi community, as local water security remains a priority for the Nationals in Government in NSW,” Michael Johnsen concluded.