New reservoir to improve water security in the Upper Hunter

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A $1.2 million water reservoir is set to make waves in the Upper Hunter when construction starts on the project in Murrurundi later this year.

It’s being undertaken in a bid to improve water security for the region.

The project will replace the operation of two existing water reservoirs, which have a combined capacity of 500 kilolitres, with a new 1,500 kilolitre concrete reservoir.

At its ordinary meeting last month, Upper Hunter Shire Council agreed to award the tender for design and construction to Hornick Constructions Pty Ltd.

The 40-kilometre Scone to Murrurundi water pipeline opened in May this year, pumping water originating from Glenbawn Dam.

Currently, if there was a failure along the pipeline that caused a water supply issue on a peak water demand day, the reservoirs could be exhausted within 24 hours.

Upper Hunter Shire Council has allocated $1.059 million in grant funding for the new reservoir under the NSW Safe and Secure Water Program. The council is also contributing $706,000.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen welcomed the project, stating the community could not afford to take its eye off the ball because of recent rainfall.

“As ever, we need to plan for the next drought and beyond,” Mr Johnsen said.

“I am proud to be a member of a government that delivered this funding for our local Murrurundi community, as local water security remains a priority for the Nationals in government in NSW.”

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