As Coliban Water wraps up its $4.4 million Echuca West Tanks project, it will also officially begin work on the $9 million Echuca Water Treatment Plant upgrade, featuring two refurbished raw water pumps.
Executive General Manager Climate and Population Adaptation, Steve Healy, said it was fantastic to see significant investment in the region, which enabled growing demand to be addressed whilst improving the town’s water security.
“In Echuca West, we are carrying out final testing and plan to connect the new booster pump station and clear water storage tanks to our water network Tuesday 22 June,” Mr Healy said.
“This will conclude a year’s worth of construction work at the Wilkinson Drive site, with the project to benefit more than 3,700 properties.”
Customers in the area may notice changes to their water pressure this week as the new system is connected and switched on.
“The real benefit from these tanks will be seen during the peak water demand period in summer. This is when water pressure in the area will be more consistent, with less fluctuations,” Mr Healy said.
Echuca has experienced significant growth since the original water tower was built 130 years ago. The western side of Echuca is predicted to host 75 per cent of that future growth.
Echuca’s Water Treatment Plant is also set to receive a range of upgrades as part of a $9 million package of works.
“We’re pleased to get this significant project underway, which will include two new water storage tanks, replacement of the high lift pumps, new ultraviolet water filtration devices, new flood gates and an improved accessway to the facility,” Mr Healy said.
“Site clearing works will begin this week by our contractor, CCB Envico, to make way for each of the 3.3ML water storage tanks, which are planned for construction in late 2021.
“These plant upgrades, once complete, will improve capacity, storage and disinfection at the plant, whilst ensuring Echuca’s security of supply.
“The increased treatment capacity will also help address growing demand in the region.”
Two raw water pumps at the plant were refurbished in November 2020, along with installation of a vacuum priming system for restarting the pumps.
“The refurbished pumps are capable of pumping 300L a second and provide greater ability to withstand an incident,” Mr Healy said.