Tasmania’s Lake Fenton Pipeline has completed its $5.3 million upgrade works, after past events triggered the aging water infrastructure to fail.
The new pipeline in New Norfolk, delivered by TasWater’s Capital Development Office, has been connected to existing infrastructure, with affected roads resurfaced and paddocks reseeded.
Originally constructed in 1937 and commissioned in 1939, this pipeline section has failed in the past and caused interruptions to water supply, mainly due to the age of the infrastructure.
Delivery Manager, Chris Le Grange, said renewing this infrastructure would increase the reliability of the pipeline and reduce unplanned service interruptions.
“This section of the Lake Fenton Pipeline is 1.3km long and feeds water from the pristine Mt Field National Park to 20 per cent of our customers in the greater Hobart area,” Mr Le Grange said.
“From this pipeline, water travels around 120km to North, South and West Hobart, Lenah Valley, Chigwell, Glenorchy, Montrose, and Berriedale.
“By completing the replacement of this part of the pipeline, we are ensuring a critical asset remains operational and can continue to supply our customers with clean and safe drinking water.”
The multi-million dollar upgrade is part of the State’s $1.1 billion capital works program over the next four years.