Gloucester water upgrade to start soon

MidCoast Council

Work is set to begin onsite this month on a $21 million upgrade to Gloucester’s water supply network.

The project will improve both the quality and pressure of the town’s water supply and replace infrastructure that has deteriorated over time.

“Gloucester residents have been putting up with pressure and chlorination fluctuations in their water supply for years now, so it’s great to finally address that,” said Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Rob Scott.

“This project will ensure more consistent water pressure is supplied to all parts of the town, reduce the likelihood of interruptions in supply, and allow our operators to provide better quality water during wet weather events.”

Expected to take around 15 months, the project will involve the construction of two service reservoirs at Council’s existing Cemetery Road site, a seven-kilometre rising main that connects the new reservoirs to the water treatment plant, a gravity main from the Cemetery Road site to the industrial area, and various upgrades to existing mains throughout the network.

Given the scope of the works, Mr Scott says it’s inevitable that the project will have some impact on residents, but Council is committed to keeping the community updated on what’s happening and minimising any inconveniences.

“We know this project is going to involve some work in residential areas, especially during the construction of the rising main, but we’ll be sure to communicate directly with anyone who is going to be impacted,” he said.

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