Drought

Scone to Murrurundi pipeline another step closer

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The Scone to Murrurundi Pipeline is another step closer. 

At a meeting Upper Hunter Shire Council this morning chose a tenderer to complete the $14.2 million project.

Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood has said in a statement to Radio Hunter Valley:

"Council resolved to appoint a preferred supplier and will report to the public when contracts are signed."

Murrurundi has been on level 6 water restrictions since July 2018 due to the devastating drought conditions. 

With water no longer coming from the dam, water supplies are coming half and half from the emergency water bore and also being trucked into town from Scone. 

The water is filtered through the Litree membrane ultrafiltration plant and chlorinated. No other chemicals are used in the treatment process.

There are no health risks associated with drinking this water, and daily testing of the town water show that it meets all the requirements of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Upper Hunter Shire Council General Manager, Steve McDonald is reminding residents that the ongoing water issues in Murrurundi are to do with water availability, not quality.

The emergency supply bore is supplying more than 100,000 litres a day. The town’s average consumption is around 230,000 litres a day, with the difference being supplied via water carting from Scone.

The water carts only transport the water that is needed, so there is minimal wastage and no losses to evaporation.

The Scone to Murrurundi Pipeline is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2020. 

Image credit: Grant Broadcasters/Jessica Rouse