The Western Australian Government and Water Corporation has completed a $15.2 million project to install a new two and a half million litre water tank, new booster pump station and other supporting infrastructure in the town of Kondinin.
As part of this work, around 18km of upgraded water supply main was built to connect the new tank and pumping station to the Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (GSTWSS).
This work will improve the water supplied to the communities of Kondinin, Hyden and Karlgarin more effectively than the previous pumping station. The new tank, booster pump station and treatment plant has been built on a new site and around 80 local workers were involved in this Water Corporation project.
In 2017, Water Corporation delivered a $35.6 million project to construct a pump station and pipeline connecting Stirling Dam to the GSTWSS, which services 44 towns across the Great Southern including Hyden, Karlgarin and Kondinin.
The project enabled water from Perth’s Integrated Water Supply Scheme to be pumped to the GSTWSS when needed to secure water supply for these towns, as the impact of climate change continues to impact rainfall.
Western Australian Water Minister, Dave Kelly, said the project was an important step in securing water for rural towns and communities.
“This financial year, the McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, will spend $66.8 million across the Great Southern and Goldfields and Agricultural regions on water, wastewater and drainage projects,” Mr Kelly said.
“This project will improve the quality of water supplied to the towns of Kondinin, Hyden and Karlgarin, with the new concrete water tank providing covered storage.
“Local residents and businesses will also experience better water flow as the new water supply main has a greater capacity.”
Agricultural Region MLC, Laurie Graham, said reliable water supply is crucial for the people of Kondinin, Hyden and Karlgarin he welcomes the upgrades.
“Most of us don’t think twice about turning on the tap to access a clean, reliable water supply at home or at work,” Mr Graham said.
“So it’s great to see that the Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme making that a reality for more of our farming communities.”