WA Water Minister Mia Davies today announced a $1.7 million expansion to Esperance’s drinking water supply, which will cater for the town’s growth for the next five years.

Work to install a new groundwater bore at the Butty Borefield, located about 20km west of the town centre, is expected to begin in November 2014 and supply water by 2016.

“Esperance is a major regional centre and the town needs a reliable water supply to underpin growth,” Ms Davies said.

“This work will allow the town to continue developing as a major regional centre, as well as help cater for the peak tourist season when water demand increases dramatically.

“The new bore will increase water supply by almost 10 per cent, or 850,000 litres of water each day, and will help improve the quality of the water supply in Esperance.”

“There is a significant level of planning in place for the growth and development of Esperance through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions-funded Supertowns initiative,” she said.

As set out in the recent State Budget, this project forms part of the government’s $55 million investment in water and wastewater services in the Great Southern region in 2014-15.

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