Water Corporation has announced that construction will commence on a four million litre, $6.5 million tank for Norseman, WA.

The new tank will replace the Norseman Reservoir and will provide more secure storage for the town’s water. The project will also include construction of associated water mains to connect the tank to the water supply scheme.

The tank will be located about 2km north-east of Norseman along the Eyre Highway, with work expected to start in August 2018 and be completed in mid-2019.

Western Australian Water Minister, Dave Kelly, said that construction of the tank follows on from a project completed in 2017 where the State Government replaced 1.2km of water main, improving the reliability of water supply for the community.

“The McGowan Government is continuing its investment in Norseman, with construction soon to start on a new $6.5 million water tank that will be managed by the Water Corporation,” Mr Kelly said.

“Contractor Valmec will carry out the work on behalf of the Water Corporation and expects 25 Western Australian workers will be employed, including four local sub-contractors.

“The McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, plans to invest $36.3 million in water and wastewater infrastructure in the Goldfields and Agricultural Region in 2018-19.”

Norseman has formed part of the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme since 1935, when the scheme was extended by 163km from Coolgardie to cater for the expanded gold mining industry and growth in the town.

Water for the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme is supplied from Mundaring Weir in the Perth Hills, which includes water sourced from dams, desalination and groundwater.

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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