The Crookwell Water Treatment Plant project has passed a significant construction milestone with the delivery of two large custom fabricated process vessels, each valued at over $650,000, to the site.
Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, said this project is an important step in increasing water security for Crookwell and providing a regional water supply solution for surrounding villages in times of high demand.
“The NSW Government is proud to be contributing $6 million to this upgrade project which will have a positive long-term impact on water security, including providing a secure supply of safe drinking water, and supporting economic growth in the region,” Mr Barilaro said.
Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair, said this project was just one of many water projects being funded by the NSW Government under the Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program.
“We are dedicated to funding projects that improve the quality of drinking water and provide NSW’s drought-prone heartland with an efficient supply system that communities can rely on,” Mr Blair said.
Each process vessel can treat two million litres of water per day, with a process including floatation filtration to separate sediment from the water.
“By connecting the existing bores directly into the new water treatment plant, we can double the yield of the town’s water supply by fully utilising the bores and reducing water wastage,” Mr Blair said.
Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward, said she was very thankful for the hard work of Upper Lachlan Shire Council, which is managing this project and has contributed an additional $1 million in funding towards the upgrade.
“The NSW Government is proud to be supporting Council on this important project to ensure that our local community, its residents, farmers and businesses can deal with drier conditions in the coming years,” Ms Goward said.
Upper Lachlan Shire Councillor Paul Culhane, who inspected the site with Ms Goward this week, said the project is a significant investment in Crookwell’s future that will ensure the town remains a viable place to live, work and invest for decades to come.
“On behalf of Council I would like to thank the NSW Government for their contribution to this vital project,” Cr Culhane said.
Following the delivery, which required oversize trucks and large cranes, works can now commence around the vessels, including connecting pipework, installation of electrical and mechanical systems and civil works. The project team remains on track to complete this stage of the Crookwell water supply upgrade by mid-2017.
Installation works have also commenced on Crookwell’s new pop-up sprinkler irrigation systems, servicing Lin Cooper Fields, Memorial Oval and Memorial Park. These systems are expected to be completed prior to the commencement of the winter sports season, allowing for the preparation of quality playing surfaces in Crookwell.
The NSW Government’s Water Security for Regions program has committed $205 million in funding to 65 infrastructure projects across regional NSW, including augmenting dams, pipeline and bore works and water efficiency mechanisms.
Picture: Pru Goward with Councillor Paul Culhane surveying the progress at the Crookwell Water Treatment Plant on Monday.