Work is underway to extend Tamworth’s long-term water supply amid a drought emergency in the area.
Exploratory bore drilling commenced in mid August in the latest phase of drought emergency works being undertaken by WaterNSW and Tamworth Regional Council to extend the city’s surface water supply from Chaffey Dam.
The drilling works are part of investigations into the construction of a permanent pipeline between Chaffey and Tamworth as a long-term drought mitigation measure.
Meanwhile, planning continues for the construction of a temporary weir (block bank) at Dungowan to allow the piping of water via a pre-existing pipeline to Tamworth as part of short-term drought works.
Investigations – including field surveys, environmental assessments and geotechnical studies – will continue along the preferred pipeline route in readiness for community consultation and talks with landholders who could potentially be involved.
The majority of the investigations are being conducted along the road verge and are expected to be complete by the end of August.
Construction of the Dungowan temporary weir is expected to commence in mid-October and be completed within a matter of weeks.
Construction of the permanent pipeline from Chaffey is anticipated to start in November and is expected to be completed by early March 2020.
WaterNSW executive manager asset, Ronan Magaharan, said the work is being afforded every priority and the community will be kept abreast of progress.
“The drought projects being undertaken at Tamworth – both short term and long term – are being fast-tracked in response to the crippling drought conditions being experienced and the impact that is having on inflows into Chaffey Dam,” Mr Magaharan said.
“As we continue with preparations to undertake the short-term emergency works at Dungowan and elsewhere, we are simultaneously planning for construction of the permanent pipeline between Chaffey and Tamworth.”