The new King Island Water Treatment Plant (WTP) has been officially unveiled by TasWater, with the completion of the project representing a significant milestone for the water provider and the Currie and Grassy communities.

The multimillion-dollar infrastructure project now supplies water to both Grassy and Currie customers through a pipeline spanning more than 26km, sourcing water from the Upper Grassy Dam.

TasWater CEO, Michael Brewster, said the treatment plant can treat about a million litres of water a day, meeting the needs of the growing Currie, Grassy and surrounding areas for years to come.

“The new plant brings water treatment on the island up to modern day standards, and features controls and stringent processes to treat the water consistent with the requirements of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines,” Mr Brewster said.

Construction of the project started in November 2018, taking about 12 months to complete.

“It is extremely satisfying to now see this new plant fully operational, and I recognise the considerable amount of work carried out by our local contractors and joint venture partners Laurie Curran Water and MSD,” Mr Brewster said.

“We are pleased to have worked closely with the King Island Council and Stornoway, who manage all our treatment and network facilities on the island, along with other stakeholders and companies to bring this project to fruition.

“I appreciate the support the council has provided throughout this project and thank the community and nearby residents for their patience during the construction period.

“The King Island Water Treatment Plant demonstrates TasWater’s commitment to the economic development of the island and Tasmania, and I am confident it will provide enduring benefits to the community and the environment.”

To mark the official launch, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Thursday 21 November 2019 , with official guests taking a tour of the new water treatment plant site at Grassy.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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