Premier Alan Carpenter today opened Albany’s new 25-megalitre Mt Clarence water storage tank, which further secures the Albany region’s water storage and supply for more than 13,000 properties.
The 25 million litre capacity tank was the final project to be completed in a five-year $50million upgrade to the town’s water supply.
Mr Carpenter said the new tank signalled the end of a major water supply program that was integral to Albany’s future development.
“The drying climate and reduced rainfall makes it more critical than ever that we develop longer-term solutions to protect water supplies throughout our vast State,” he said.
“This tank demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to protecting and enhancing Western Australia’s unique lifestyle, no matter where we choose to live.”
The Premier said the new tank involved the demolition of an old reservoir on the site and the removal of 47,000 cubic metres of material. Some of the material was later used to develop a new park.
“It has been a very busy and intense five years in the town and I thank everyone for their patience,” Mr Carpenter said.
“This project would not have been possible without the commitment and co-operation of the City of Albany and the community.”
Water Resources Minister John Kobelke said the State Government had undertaken the water infrastructure projects in Albany to secure its long-term water storage and supply for the next five to 10 years.
“In addition to the new tank’s construction, pipe and common infrastructure have been put in place to cater for a further 25megalitre storage tank in the future as demand requires,” Mr Kobelke said.
“The Mt Melville and Mt Clarence tanks supply water to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme from Albany to Mt Barker and as far out as Kendenup.”
Albany MLA Peter Watson said the new tank was yet another example of the WA Government’s ongoing commitment to regional communities.
“In Albany alone, we are seeing $50million for water infrastructure, $50million for a revamped hospital, tens of millions of dollars for the waterfront development and entertainment centre, roads, new power lines - the list goes on and on,” Mr Watson said.
“This Government is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to sharing the benefits of our strong economy.”
Mr Carpenter said more than 100 people had been involved in the construction of the facility and it was particularly pleasing that approximately 50,000 hours were worked without a lost time injury.
The improvements in Albany have included:
· the upgrade of the South Coast Water Treatment Plant and pump station;
· duplication of Two Peoples Bay pipeline;
· new 25 million litre tanks at Mt Melville and Mt Clarence;
· roofing the South Coast Water Treatment Plant reservoirs;
· new pipe works connecting the Mt Melville and Mt Clarence tanks;
· installation of new chlorination and treatment systems; and
· new bores and transfer pump station.
The Mt Clarence tank was constructed for the Water Corporation by GHD Propriety Limited and SDR Australia at a cost of $9.8million.
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