Emergency bore water being treated before going to homes in Murrurundi.
The $14.2 million Scone to Murrurundi pipeline desperately needed to help the drought-stricken parts of the Upper Hunter Shire is a step closer with the project now out to tender.
Murrurundi is currently on level six water restrictions and the pipeline once in place will deliver potable water from Glenbawn Dam near Scone to Murrurundi and the villages of Parkville, Wingen and Blandford via a 40km underground pipeline.
A pump station, tanks and other associated equipment will also be installed.
Murrurundi and its villages currently source their water from the Murrurundi Dam which is connected to Pages River.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said this step has been a while coming.
“I don’t think I have to tell everybody how much we need to get this happening,”
“We certainly aren’t out of the woods yet with our water and especially in Murrurundi and to a lesser degree Merriwa.”
“They are very dependent on groundwater up there and that groundwater just isn’t getting the recharge that it should be getting,” said Mayor Bedggood.
“We are certainly very concerned so the more secure water we can get the better.”
The new pipeline is expected to be finished and in place by 2020.
“Our engineers promised there shouldn’t be any reason why we can’t do that,” said Mayor Bedggood.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said the project is absolutely critical.
“The Scone to Murrurundi Pipeline is a critical water infrastructure upgrade that will remove a lot of the stress associated with secure access to water for our communities and I am extremely proud the Nationals in Government are providing the majority of its funding.”
“We cannot afford to take water our local security for granted in the Upper Hunter electorate, and the Scone to Murrurundi pipeline is another crucial step in making sure communities like Murrurundi, Parkville, Wingen and Blandford have reliable access to one of our most precious commodities,” said Michael Johnsen.
Image credit: Upper Hunter Shire Council