TasWater is nearing completion of its largest ever capital project, The Bryn Estyn Water Treatment Plant upgrade, which will improve drinking water reliability and long-term availability for residents of Greater Hobart.

TasWater’s General Manager of Project Delivery, Tony Willmott, said all major structures and buildings on site are finished, with the project team now focusing on the completion of the mechanical and electrical packages across the site, with full commissioning expected in FY2023/24.

“In the early phase of the current works an incredible 11,456m3 of concrete was poured, 2,800t of reinforcing steel placed, and over 93,000m3 of soil was excavated,” Mr Willmott said.

The $243.9 million upgrade project improves operational efficiency by increasing capacity and modernising infrastructure, which enables the reliable supply of 160 million litres of water per day to customers.

The upgrade is future-focused, with the ability to cater for increased drinking water demand as the population grows.

Mr Willmott said it was rewarding to be able to deliver these benefits to the people of Greater Hobart.

“It will secure quality drinking water to the Greater Hobart area for the next 50 years,” Mr Willmott said.

“That represents 200,000 or more people in Southern Tasmania in the local government areas managed by the City of Hobart, Glenorchy City Council, Brighton Council, Derwent Valley Council, Kingborough Council, Sorell Council and Southern Midlands Council.

“The upgrade forms part of our $1.1 billion capital works program of high-quality projects over the next four years.

“The capital program is delivering important customer and environmental outcomes for the benefit of all Tasmanians.” 

The Bryn Estyn Water Treatment Plant, north of Hobart in the Derwent Valley, was built in 1962 with capacity augmentations completed in 1972 and 1992. It is Greater Hobart’s primary source of drinking water, providing, on average, 60 per cent of a resident’s water supply every year.

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