The Western Australian Government has announced the completion of a $17.6 million project, delivering a 20 million litre concrete water tank to Karratha.
Designed to safeguard the city’s water supply during extreme weather events, the new tank replaces a 39-year-old steel tank damaged beyond repair by Tropical Cylone Damien in 2020.
At 42m in diameter, the new tank has durable 15.5m concrete walls and a concrete roof – providing increased resilience during intense storms and cyclones, and requiring less maintenance.
The project was completed by Western Australian contractor SRG Global, with Karratha-based, Indigenous-owned company Yurra undertaking roadworks, and assisting with earthworks.
Western Australian Water Minister, Dave Kelly, said the new water tank is part of the State Government’s $372.2 million commitment to new regional water infrastructure projects in the North-West over the next four years.
“This new tank represents a significant investment in protecting Karratha’s water supply during extreme weather events, which we know are becoming increasingly intense due to climate change,” Mr Kelly said.
“This investment is part of the Western Australian Government’s commitment to regional water and wastewater infrastructure projects – with more than $820 million allocated to new projects over the next four years, including $372.2 million in the North-West.”
Member for Pilbara, Kevin Michel, said the project was a major step for water security in the region.
“Using concrete instead of steel has significantly improved the durability of the tank, helping to secure the community’s water supply for decades to come,” Mr Michel said.
“I welcome this investment in essential services by the Western Australian Government – which demonstrates its commitment to delivering reliable water services in regional communities, and creating local employment opportunities.”