Future water supplies for Northampton have been secured with the official opening of the new water supply pipeline from Geraldton.
Water Resources Minister John Kobelke today opened the 44km pipeline which ensures that water will be supplied for the long-term to about 1,500 homes.
Mr Kobelke said the pipeline also meant Northampton would revert to a two-day sprinkler roster, removing the town’s one-day-a week-system.
The Minister said active participation by the shire and local community had been instrumental in completing the project within a very short time-frame.
“The fact that this pipeline has been delivered in less than 18 months under very difficult conditions is a credit to all the people who were involved,” he said.
Mr Kobelke said the community of Northampton had been very co-operative and he thanked them for their continued efforts to manage one of the State’s most precious resources.
“More than 300 Northampton households have now been retrofitted with water-saving devices, leading to a significant drop in daily water consumption,” he said.
Geraldton MLA Shane Hill said the Northampton community had been particularly hard hit with below average winter rainfall in the last five years, which had prompted the decision to accelerate the building of the new water supply.
“Even though there is now this new water supply for the town, I would encourage the community to remain vigilant in its water use, given our drying climate,” Mr Hill said.
Mr Kobelke said the pipeline, charged with water from the Allanooka Borefield south of Geraldton, was a perfect example of the longer-term term approach the Government was taking towards water supply planning for the region.
“We are committed to continuing the work towards securing our water future, especially in regional Western Australia,” Mr Kobelke said.
The new pipeline was constructed for the Water Corporation by a joint venture partnership between Transfield Services and Sinclair Knight Merz at a cost of $20.8million.
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