Liverpool Plains Shire Council (NSW) has received and adopted a design basis report for their Regional Water Supply Scheme, a project involving the construction of a number of pump stations and other water infrastructure.

The Regional Water Scheme is designed to provide an integrated supply for the townships of Quirindi, Werris Creek and Willow Tree.

The report sets the basis for the design parameters of the various components of the project, such as a new 9 ML/day water treatment plant, raw water pump station, treated water pump station and a new water main to Werris Creek. This is to be followed by a new water main from the WTP to Quirindi, a new water reservoir in Quirindi and finally a new water main supplying Willow Tree from Quirindi.

Chair of LPSC’s Technical Services Committee, Councillor Rob Webster, said the Council was delighted to receive the report from its Water Services Manager, Rod Batterham, and to adopt it.

The design project was funded with $400,000 provided by the Federal Government through the Department of the Environment, augmented with $165,000 of Council funds.

“This means that the designers now have clear parameters as to what they need to include in the design to achieve Councils objectives in upgrading the supply. These items include things like levels of service, development horizons, population projections to the defined horizon, and considerations from planning urban release areas both imminent and future, water demand calculation methodology and projections to the horizon, system capacity design basis and preliminary routes and layouts, raw water quality parameters, desired water quality levels of service to consumers, water quality risks, system operational preferences, existing network information and environmental investigation approaches and legislative approvals pathways. This stage is a pivotal point in the design process and now allows for progression of the technical aspects of the design,” Councillor Webster said.

He said that this was the biggest capital works project that LPSC has ever undertaken, a visionary project to drought proof these communities, to enhance water management and to provide adequate supplies for future development within the Shire. He pointed out that with an overall price estimate of $24 million, having a shovel ready design for the project was essential to gaining further investment from Federal and State governments.

“LPSC Council is very appreciative of the opportunity to undertake this extensive design process on such a major project and this has been made possible due to the investment made by the Federal Government. This is the design for the entire scheme, it is a major step towards this whole project becoming reality and will see it ready to go, as further funding becomes available. I also commend the staff within Council’s Works Department who have successfully advanced the project to this latest milestone,” Councillor Webster concluded.

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