The Western Australian Water Minister, Dave Kelly, has announced an improved cyclone-proof water storage tank for Karratha, ensuring the security of the city’s water supply.

The Western Australian Government, through the Water Corporation, is funding the new 20 million litre tank to replace one damaged by Cyclone Damien in February 2020.

The tropical cyclone extensively damaged the roof of the previous 39-year-old steel plate tank, rendering it uneconomic to repair. The new tank, with concrete walls and roof, will better withstand severe weather events and require less maintenance.

“Karratha’s new $15.5 million water tank is part of a $265 million investment in water infrastructure projects across the North-West, demonstrating the McGowan Government’s commitment to delivering quality water services in regional communities,” Mr Kelly said.

“The new tank delivers a permanent solution for the city that will provide greater water security and lower maintenance costs.”

Perth-based SRG Global will commence construction of the tank next month, within the existing footprint at the Water Corporation site off Rosemary Road, with practical completion expected late 2021.

Pilbara MLA, Kevin Michel, said, “Cyclone Damien caused significant damage to property and public infrastructure, so this new water tank has been designed to better withstand the worst of the Pilbara weather.

“I welcome this investment from the McGowan Government, which will help safeguard Karratha’s water supply for decades to come, as well as creating local employment opportunities.”

The project will maximise use of local subcontractors, where possible, and has already engaged a local Aboriginal company in early works.

Under the 2020-21 State Budget, the Western Australian Government has allocated $968 million over the next four years – including $265.3 million for the North-West – to spend on new regional water infrastructure projects, as well as improvements and upgrades to existing facilities.

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