Gloucester’s multimillion dollar water supply network upgrade is continuing into 2023, with drilling set to begin under Gloucester River on 16 January.

Contractors working for MidCoast Council will drill under the Gloucester River to connect the final section of the new rising main from the Gloucester Water Treatment Plant to the Cemetery Road reservoirs site.

The work will take place from 7am-7pm Monday to Sunday and is expected to be completed by the end of January 2023.

Construction sites will be set up on both sides of the Gloucester River, with one situated in the park on the southern side of the river and the other in the road reserve opposite Showground Road.

Once finalised, the town’s water upgrade will be another step closer to completion, with the majority of work outside the Cemetery Road reservoirs site finished. Construction of the elevated steel reservoir is also around 90 per cent complete.

A new head contractor has been appointed to complete the remaining work at Cemetery Road, which includes construction of the seven million litre service reservoir and associated infrastructure.

Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Rob Scott, said the project was on track to be finished by the end of 2023.

“We’re really looking forward to delivering this upgrade to Gloucester and we can’t wait for the community to experience a much improved level of service with their water,” Mr Scott said.

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