Works are underway at the Forth Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Tasmania to replace filters  and clean the tanks, nozzles and other associated infrastructure.

Once complete, the works will help ensure water can safely and reliably be supplied to customers now and into the future.

TasWater Project Engineer, Larry Smith, said, “The Forth WTP supplies water to the larger Devonport area.”

In recent months, the performance of some of the plant’s media filters have deteriorated.

“These filters are used to capture sediment from our water during the treatment process prior to distribution to our customers,” Mr Smith said.

“If they are not working correctly, it can result in increased sediment and reduced treatment capacity in the drinking water supply.

“That’s why we are addressing it now, so it does not become an issue for our customers.”

Mr Smith said before the new filters are brought online, rigorous testing will be undertaken to ensure the plant is working as it should and that the water meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

“Once complete, the works will lead to surety of safe and reliable drinking water supply as well as a decreased likelihood of high-level water restrictions,” Mr Smith said.

The filter media replacement project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2021.

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