The Murrurundi pipeline project is finally up and running.
The first pipe in the more than $14 million project was laid this week for the pipeline that will be taking water from Glenbawn Dam starting at Scone and running 40 kilometres long to Murrurundi.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood couldn't be happier.
"I'm so glad to be able to stop talking about it and actually see it happen. It was great to see that first pipe be laid,"
" I know if I am happy to see this pipeline go in they are going to ecstatic," he said.
"Again a big thank you to the people of Murrurundi, they have been fabulous. They've adhered to the water restrictions, they have kept the water usage down which hs kept the cost down to the community in general who are actually subsidising water being trucked up there. We thank them for their patience," said Wayne Bedggood.
Contractor Leed Engineering and Construction estimates up to 600 metres of pipeline a day can be laid in open paddock that will eventually be carrying two megalitres of water a day.
Two teams, each with equipment including a 30 tonne excavator, will install the pipeline simultaneously starting in Scone and Wingen, and working towards Murrurundi.
The pipeline will be buried for the entire length of the route. The only areas where the completed pipeline will be visible is where it enters/exits the pump stations and there will be above ground access points to the pipeline valves along the way.
Over $13 million in funding has been provided by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program. The remainder of the project funding is provided by Council.
Upper Hunter MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Resources Michael Johnsen said the pipeline starting to be laid is a wonderful sight.
"It's great to see the government honouring its commitment and finally seeing pipes get into the ground and it won't be too long, only a matter of a few months now perhaps and we will see water flowing from Glenbawn Dam up to Murrurundi and giving residents permanent, lean, safe water security."
"There's a range of aspects involved in it and this is part of the reason why you need to get eh scope of works right before you actually start digging,"
"That's all done and Leed Contractors are getting right into it now. They built the water pipeline between Willow Tree and Quirindi and they did a great job for the Liverpool Plains Shire Council, they've got a long history of doing a good job."
"I'm happy about it but my elation is nothing compared to how Murrurundi residents will feel when they turn on that tap knowing that it's permanent, secure and safe forever," said Michael Johnsen.
The pipeline is due to be completed in mid-2020 and it is anticipated that a new, larger reservoir for Murrurundi will be built soon after.
The pipeline design allows for drinking water reticulation and reservoirs for the villages of Blandford, Parkville and Wingen to be constructed in the future, and Council has been pursuing the connection of these villages as a high priority.
Image credit: Upper Hunter Shire Council