Water Corporation is set to begin a $20.6 million project that involves the construction of two 37.5 million litre water tanks and associated pipelines to provide a more secure water supply for the Wheatbelt and Goldfield regions in Western Australia.
Western Australian Minister for Water, Mia Davies, said the new tanks will improve water quality and provide increased storage for the Goldfield and Agricultural Region Water Supply Scheme which transports water through more than 9,600km of mains.
“The two new tanks will be about 64m in diameter and 13m high, and will store enough water to fill more than 33 olympic swimming pools of water,” Ms Davies said.
“People driving along Great Eastern Highway will spot the new tanks about five kilometres west of Cunderdin, near Mussared Road.”
Water Corporation will also install around two kilometres of pipe to connect the tanks to the Goldfields and Agricultural Region Water Supply Scheme.
Trenchless technology will be used to tunnel under the Great Eastern Highway to minimise impacts on road users.
Ms Davies said the new tanks were in addition to the three-year $32 million farmlands water supply improvement program that began in December 2015.
“The farmlands program will improve the performance of the water supply network across the Wheatbelt,” Ms Davies said.
“More than 64km of pipeline will be replaced, 7,500 pipeline joints will be repaired and smart water meters will be installed across the farmlands scheme to help save water.”
Work on the project is expected to be completed by September 2017.