The township of Winnaleah will join neighbouring communities of Ringarooma, Branxholm, Derby and Legerwood in getting an upgraded water supply following approval by the TasWater Board to fund a $3.8 million pipeline to the town.
It will connect Winnaleah to the new Ringarooma Valley Regional Water Scheme.
According to TasWater’s CEO Michael Brewster, the Ringarooma Water Scheme involves drawing water from the Upper Ringarooma Irrigation Scheme where it will be fully treated at a new treatment plant before flowing under gravity to the townships of Ringarooma, Legerwood, Derby, Branxholm and now Winnaleah.
Winnaleah is currently supplied with water from town bores and while the water is clear, it at times tests positive for lead, thus failing to meet Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. As a result, the Department of Health and Human Services has imposed a Do Not Consume notice on residents connected to the town’s water supply.
After the detection of lead, TasWater sourced an alternative supply from the Winnaleah Irrigation System but residents found it unsatisfactory due to its colour and requested a return to bore water.
“TasWater has now undertaken a full investigation of water supply options for the town and has decided to build a pipeline from near Derby,” Mr Brewster said.
“This will provide fully treated water to Winnaleah by the end of 2017, providing residents with a reliable safe and clean water supply, meeting both national and state health standards. These upgrades of water to north east towns demonstrate TasWater’s commitment to communities in every corner of Tasmania.”
“We have an obligation to provide a safe drinking water supply to our customers and expect to reduce the number of communities covered by Do Not Consume notices or Boil Water Alerts from the current 25 down to eight by 2018.”
This project is just one of many in Tasmania TasWater will carry out over the next three years with a commitment to spend around $330 million dollars on upgrading and installing new infrastructure across the state.
The Winnaleah pipeline is still in the planning stages with work currently being done to identify its route together with design and construction options.
TasWater will keep the community informed of progress with the pipeline, expected to be completed by mid-2017.
Simon Pilkington, TasWater