Construction has been completed on a $6.7million upgrade to the water supply scheme for Halls Creek (WA).

WA Water Minister Mia Davies said the upgrade was expected to increase total supply capacity by up to 30 per cent – the equivalent of 760,000 litres every day to the town – and enables future growth in the area.

“With the Great Sandy and Tanami deserts on either side, Halls Creek is a challenging area to provide water to,” Ms Davies said.

“The upgrade involved drilling four new bores, replacing a section of existing water main and improvements to the existing transfer pump station.”

Water restrictions were introduced in Halls Creek in January 2009 when the water level in the aquifer dropped following a lack of rain.

“People living in Halls Creek adapted extremely well to the water restrictions and I thank all residents for their efforts to save water,” the Minister said.

“Through this upgrade, we now have additional water from the borefield and residents in Halls Creek can take comfort in returning to the alternate day sprinkler roster, which is in place across the North-West.”

The upgrade project forms part of a $30million investment in water and wastewater infrastructure in the Kimberley in 2013-14, with another $12.5million allocated in 2014-15.

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