Following the release of its 30-year water management plan, MidCoast Water has announced it will invest in the construction of a second water scheme for the Manning and Great Lakes communities.

MidCoast Water General Manager, Ken Gouldthorp, said the coming year will see MidCoast Water commit an additional $5million, on top of the $15million spent to date, towards the construction of the $34million Nabiac Inland Dune Aquifer Water Supply Scheme.

This project is designed to provide an alternative water source to the 36,000 Manning and Great Lakes customers currently reliant on the Manning River for their water supply. This project has attracted $9.6million in Federal Government subsidy.

“Our focus on maintenance will continue, with a $3.5million proposed allocation to our ongoing program to renew water and sewer mains across our service area,” Mr Gouldthorp said.

The 30-year water plan, Our Water Our Future, provides a sustainable strategic plan for how MidCoast Water will provide water related services to our community over the coming decades.

Mr Gouldthorp said funds have also been proposed for an upgrade to the Bootawa Dam spillway and major water mains renewal for the Taree CBD.

“We will also begin planning for the replacement of the Gloucester Sewage Treatment Plant and have included $190,000 to complete the upgrade of the Gloucester Water Treatment,” Mr Gouldthorp said.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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