Thursday, May 30, 2024

Milestone for Gunnedah water plant

Construction works at Gunnedah Shire Council’s $8 million Water Treatment Facility has reached a milestone stage.

The major components of the facility are now constructed and all electrical work has been completed at the new plant that will allow for consistent water treatment across Gunnedah and Curlewis, Council said in a statement today.

The new plant will also allow the introduction of fluoridation to improve dental hygiene as recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Two one mega-litre concrete reservoirs have been built and the roofing will be installed in coming weeks, Council said. The facility building, which houses the fluoride and chlorine dosing stations, is at lock-up stage and internal works are in progress, with the access road now 70% complete.

NSW Health is meeting $7.4 million of the cost of the plant through an agreement to provide a centralised centre that will include the new fluoridation system and a more modern gas chlorination system.

Modelling for the new centre was based on Gunnedah Shire’s heaviest days of water usage – in the midst of the drought – and then expanded again to ensure this facility has the capability to deal with the potential demand.

The work is being carried out by contractor Gongues Construction Pty Ltd.

“It’s good to see work still moving ahead at a steady pace on this major infrastructure project,” said Acting Manager of Water Services, Michael Ludlow.

“Unfortunately, we have experienced delays, including rain, but we are moving forward, and it will not have an impact on Gunnedah’s water supply.

“We look forward to seeing this important project delivered in the coming months.”

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