The last remaining Public Health Alerts (PHAs) have been removed from TasWater connected water supplies in Tasmania.

Now, 100 per cent of TasWater’s customers can enjoy a glass of water that is safe to drink, straight from the tap.

TasWater Chairman, Miles Hampton, said this is a historic development for the Tasmanian community.

“Drinking water infrastructure, like roads, electricity and transport networks, underpin the economic and social structure of a community. Now with the completion of our 24glasses-Regional Towns Water Supply Program, every TasWater customer has access to clean and safe water,” Mr Hampton said.

“The project took some time to build momentum, but in the last two years alone we have built 17 water treatment plants, installed four water transfer pipelines, cleaned and upgraded water mains and reticulation networks, and installed tank systems where it was the community preference.”

“Many of these projects have been located in small, isolated communities where support services have been limited and the environment harsh. To bring Tasmanian services up to a standard which match the best in Australia is fantastic.”

Mr Hampton added that benefits to local communities and economies cannot be underestimated, with good quality infrastructure a key to their prosperity.

“I am proud of the program’s positive impact on our customers, especially those who have endured less than satisfactory water supplies.

“TasWater has never shied away from acknowledging this shortfall in service, but has remained determined to provide well-engineered solutions that are fit for purpose, and most of all, affordable and financially sustainable.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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