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14km of the Scone to Murrurundi pipeline laid, meantime 4 to 6 truckloads of water is being brought into town each day

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So far 14 kilometres of the Scone to Murrurundi pipeline has been laid, and meantime 4 to 6 truckloads of water is being brought into town each day.

The $14.2 million project will see 40 kilometres of pipeline built from Scone to Murrurundi, as well as pump stations and reservoirs built along the stretch.

Over $13 million in funding has been provided by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program for the pipeline and the remainder of the project funding has been provided by Council.

Once the pipeline is finished it's expected that a new, larger reservoir for Murrurundi will be built soon after.

The pipeline design allows for drinking water reticulation and reservoirs for the villages of Blandford, Parkville and Wingen to be constructed in the future, and Council has been pursuing the connection of these villages as a high priority.

 "We're very pleased with the progress and obviously we're working well with the contractor," said Upper Hunter Shire Council General Manager Steve MacDonald. 

"That was the easier part of the project that has been delivered so far, obviously the more complicated aspects of the project are closer to Scone talking about the railway line and the New England Highway. There are three reservoirs that need to be constructed as well as pump stations."

"We will definitely be able to deliver that project by mid-next year," he said.

"Hopefully all things going well we might be able to do it sooner than that but we have to wait for these more complicated aspects of this project to be completed first before we can re assess that."

Murrurundi has been on Level 6 water restrictions since July last year and water is currently coming 50% from the emergency water bore, and 50% trucked in, with two trucks, each carrying 25,000 litres a load coming in daily.

"We're still undertaking 4 to 6 tanker loads a day from Scone up to Murrurundi with that its costing Council around $1500 a day to do that, we're getting subsidies from the State Government of $500 a day, so the affect on the ratepayers is $1000 a day transporting water up there," said Steve MacDonald.

"At the moment there are no issues with regard to the quality up there or supply as we're making sure that the reservoirs are topped up but being very mindful we're moving into the fire season soon and we want to make sure we keep those reservoirs as high as possible and obviously with summer demand for water in summer months does increase and we just want to make sure we're ready to adjust accordingly."

"I just want to thank the residents of Murrurundi, they've been very patient and very cooperative with regards to this particular project and they've always been very frugal with how they use their water and its a difficult situation, so we appreciate the cooperation they provide to us."

Image credit: Upper Hunter Shire Council