TasWater’s largest capital project – the Bryn Estyn Water Treatment Plant upgrade – will soon be completed.
While full commissioning is expected in the FY2023/24, TasWater’s General Manager Project Delivery, Tony Willmott, said all major structures and buildings on site were finished, with the project team now focusing on the completion of the mechanical and electrical packages across the site.
“In the early phase of the current works an incredible 11,456m2 of concrete was poured, 2,800t of reinforcing steel placed, and over 93,000m2 of soil was excavated,” Mr Willmott said.
The $243.9 million upgrade project improves operational efficiency by increasing capacity and modernising infrastructure, which enables the reliable supply of 160ML of water per day to customers.
The upgrade is also future-focused, with the ability to cater for increased drinking water demand as the population grows.
Mr Willmott said the upgrade would secure quality drinking water to the Greater Hobart area for the next 50 years.
“The upgrade forms part of our $1.1 billion capital works program of high-quality projects over the next four years,” Mr Willmott said.
“The capital program is delivering important customer and environmental outcomes for the benefit of all Tasmanians.”
The Bryn Estyn Water Treatment Plant, north of Hobart in the Derwent Valley, was built in 1962 with capacity augmentations completed in 1972 and 1992. It is greater Hobart’s primary source of drinking water, providing, on average, 60 per cent of a resident’s water supply every year.