Marong, west of Bendigo, will receive a new 3ML concrete tank and booster pump station to improve water pressure during heat waves – with construction already underway. 

The project, located on Sterry Road, is expected to be complete in time for summer and will assist with water pressure during heat waves.

Executive General Manager Climate and Population Adaptation at Coliban Water, Steve Healy, said, “This is great news for Marong and a starting point to improve water pressure and store water locally, which will improve water supply reliability.

“We know Marong has experienced water pressure issues for some time, particularly during periods of hot weather when there is increased demand on the network.”

The new concrete tank has also been selected because of its high resilience to bushfire.

“The new tank and booster pump station are larger and more powerful, designed to improve efficiency and create a more robust network in Marong over the long term,” Mr Healy said. 

Contractor, Simpson Construction started work on the new tank in May 2021 and despite recent wet weather having an impact on progress, the project remains on track for completion. 

The concrete pour for the tank took place on Friday 30 July. 

Further solutions to improve water pressure during heat waves are in planning, these involve constructing additional large-diameter water pipelines between Bendigo and Marong.

Also including two pipelines to be constructed on Sterry Road to connect to the new tank and further pipeline improvements elsewhere in the network.

Coliban Water is also working with Powercor regarding a power supply for the site. 

The contract for the pipeline works has been awarded to S & R Engineering and Construction. It is anticipated pipeline completion will tie in with tank completion in time for the summer period.

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