Water Corporation has completed an upgrade to Gnowangerup’s water supply scheme to improve water quality and provide a more secure water supply for the town.
Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA said the upgrade included construction of two new water storage tanks with a combined capacity of 2.3 million litres of water – the equivalent of an Olympic swimming pool of water.
“These two new tanks provide increased storage for Gnowangerup – more than double the capacity of the previous water storage tanks – which provide a more secure water supply for Water Corporation customers,” Mr Waldron said.
“Water Corporation has decommissioned the existing tanks and will no longer use the two local dams for water supply purposes.
“All water for customers in Gnowangerup will now be sourced from the Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme, which sources water from Harris Dam near Collie and supplies most towns in the upper Great Southern.
“This is a significant investment in Gnowangerup and a great outcome for the town.”
Construction of the tanks began in March 2014 and was completed in September 2015. The final stage of the upgrades involved the dismantling and removal of the original tanks, which was completed in January 2016.
Water Corporation also worked with the Shire of Gnowangerup to exchange a section of land near one of the decommissioned dams, for a section of land near the town’s existing waste-water treatment plant.
Great Southern Development Commission Chair and Nationals WA candidate for the electorate of Roe, Peter Rundle, said providing more secure and accessible water sources for towns throughout regional WA was a priority.
“It’s great to see Water Corporation and the Shire of Gnowangerup working together to achieve a win-win situation,” Mr Rundle said.
“I hope the State Government continues to locate more reliable water resources and infrastructure in regional WA, to ensure the facilities and adequate, reliable water sources are in place when they are urgently required, such as in the event of the bushfire.”
The new tanks have a capacity of 2.3 million litres, which is more than double the capacity of the original tanks which was 605,000 litres. Further, Water Corporation services around 388 connected properties in the Shire of Gnowangerup.