John Kobelke

John Kobelke

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

    Water project protects aquifer and secures Bunbury’s supply

    16/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Securing the provision of quality water supplies to the city, Marlston Hill and proposed Outer Harbour development areas of Bunbury has been completed, with the official opening of the City Waterlink project.


    Water Resources Minister John Kobelke said the $7million project to construct a new water pumping station and 8.4km pipeline was one of the most significant capital works projects ever undertaken by Aqwest.


    “The rapid growth and development of Bunbury’s inner city areas has required appropriate measures to be taken to ensure the supply of quality water in line with demand, while reducing the potential impact of saline intrusion to the groundwater table,” Mr Kobelke said.


    “The link is a fantastic outcome for Bunbury residents and will enable less water to be drawn from the coastal bores, while ensuring supply.


    “The new link provides the capability for Aqwest to transport up to 24 million litres per day from the inland water storage facility in College Grove, known as Tech Reservoir, to the two large storage reservoirs, Hastie Street Reservoir and Roberts Crescent Reservoir.”


    The construction of the link pipeline and pump station was a result of a study of the Yarragadee aquifer by Aqwest in relation to its own operations and the sustainability of those operations. The study indicated a need for revised pumping operations along the coastal regions of the aquifer, to reduce the likelihood of saline intrusion to its existing coastal bores.


    “The project effectively negates the need for Aqwest to produce water from its coastal bores and treatment plants and allow any future demands of Bunbury’s developments to be met,” the Minister said.


    He said more than 15 routes were considered in the planning of the water link, with construction work completed within six months.


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