Sydney Water’s $4.3 million state-of-the-art Leura Water Pumping Station (WPS) in the Blue Mountains has almost completed construction, and will be crucial in mitigating the risk of water supply loss for up to 60,000 people during low rainfall events and drought conditions.
Operating at full capacity, the Leura WPS will transfer the equivalent of 16 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water to the Blue Mountains region each week.
The Leura Water Pumping Station is due to be operational by July 2023, with the construction of the facility beginning in late 2021 and final preparations currently taking place.
Sydney Water Principal Project Manager, Trevor Mondon, said the plant is an important piece of infrastructure for the region and will leave a positive legacy for the Blue Mountains community.
“The Leura WPS upgrade works are part of an overall Strategic Drought Planning action. The network upgrades will increase and improve reliability of supply within the Cascade Water Delivery System (WDS),” Mr Mondon said.
Sydney Water Senior Project Manager, Ben Samcou, said he believes the new facility will be a game changer for the people of the Blue Mountains when it comes to accessing reliable water supply, especially during drought conditions or bushfires.
“When in operation, the Leura WPS allows potable water to be transferred from lower parts of the Cascade water delivery system up to Katoomba Reservoir which is currently only fed from Cascades Water Treatment Plant,” Mr Samcou said.
Feature Image: Leura Pumping Station with Sydney Water Senior Project Manager, Ben Samcou. Provided by Sydney Water.