John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    New reservoir doubles water storage capacity in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    20/02/2008 10:16 AM

    Water security in Kalgoorlie-Boulder has received a major boost with the opening of the new $82million Binduli water reservoir.

    Water Resources Minister John Kobelke officially opened the new reservoir with a total storage capacity of 400 megalitres (million litres), which effectively doubles the amount of water storage available in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    “This complex will ensure demand will always be met for household, commercial and industrial growth in a booming part of Western Australia and because it is totally roofed, the water quality will be first-class,” Mr Kobelke said.

    “This reservoir is important for a number of reasons, including an ability to keep the water flowing during peak summer periods at times when demand cannot be met through the Goldfields Pipeline and for periods when the pipeline supply might be disrupted.”

    The Binduli reservoir involved the construction of two, 200-megalitre, concrete-lined roofed modules, inlet and outlet interconnecting pipe-work and valves, a 70-megalitres-a-day pumping station and outlet chlorination facilities.

    Constructed in two modules, the reservoir was built over an 18-month period by WaterHorizons, an alliance of Clough Projects Australia, international engineering consultancy Kellogg, Brown and Root, and the Water Corporation.

    “It was a very busy and intense 18 months for the more than 130 people involved in the construction of this facility,” the Minister said.

    “It was particularly pleasing that 360,000 man hours were worked without a lost time injury.”

    Mr Kobelke said the Binduli Reservoir project was a perfect example of the Government’s positive approach to water infrastructure development and a demonstration of the amount of funding it was putting into regional parts of WA.

    “This financial year, more than $210million will be spent on water infrastructure in country areas,” he said.

    “This is another demonstration of how serious the Government is about protecting and enhancing WA’s unique lifestyle, no matter where we choose to live.”

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