Willow Tree water supply system completed
Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter, today announced the construction of the $4.825 million Quirindi to Willow Tree water supply pipeline has been completed.
Mr Johnsen said it’s a major upgrade for water security in the Liverpool Plains Shire.
“This project, funded entirely under the NSW Government’s Water Security for Regions program, is a huge leap toward drought proofing the Shire and securing the area’s water supply for many years to come,” Mr Johnsen said.
“This pipeline provides huge benefits for the local community, who only two years ago had to have water trucked into Willow Tree.”
In addition to the main pipeline, which was officially opened by Mr Johnsen in March 2016, the project also included the relaying of pipework for the Willow Tree reticulation system, the construction of a new pump station in Quirindi and a 200,000 litre reservoir in Willow Tree.
Additional works included the reconstruction of piping across the rail corridor between Humble Street and Recreation Road, which had been prone to leaks and breakages.
“The infrastructure has already been put to the test – maintaining its pressure and supply during the fire at Willow Tree Bowling Club in January,” Mr Johnsen continued.
“I am proud to say that this project was delivered by Liverpool Plains Shire Council on time and under budget, with residual funds used to carry out vital pipe replacement works in Willow tree,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
The NSW Government has committed a total of $366 million to the Water Security for Regions program, funding dozens of water supply projects including increasing the size of dams used to supply local water utilities, pipeline linkages, reticulation networks and bores.