Construction of a new 15 million litre water tank in Broome has been completed as part of the ongoing $40 million works to upgrade the WA town’s water storage capacity.

WA Water Minister Terry Redman announced that the $9million tank, on Blackman Street, would help meet peak water demand in the tourist town and would hold enough water to fill more than six Olympic-sized swimming pools.

“During the tourist season the population of Broome can triple in size, so this 40 per cent increase in the water supply scheme’s storage capacity will help ensure peak demand continues to be met,” Mr Redman said.

“This tank is part of the ongoing program of upgrades to the Broome water supply scheme to cater for growth and secure the town’s long-term water supply.”

The Water Corporation supplies water to nearly 7,000 customers in Broome from a borefield located 12.5km north-east of town.

“The next stage of the scheme upgrade involves expanding the borefield to provide an additional 4.5 million litres of water each day,” Mr Redman said.

“Other work planned as part of the upgrade includes a new 20 million litre tank near Cable Beach and 3.6km of pipe along Port Drive.”

The Minister encouraged Broome residents to keep up their water saving efforts, with 1,797 people taking part in the Water Corporation’s H2ome Smart program.

“H2ome Smart reduced total water use by 6.7 per cent, or more than 68 million litres, while it was under way between 2010 to 2012,” he said.

“It is important that everyone locks in those savings and encourages tourists to also do their bit to reduce water use.”

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