Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the start of work on a $6.4 million State Government project to improve water quality and pressure in the Wheatbelt shires of Mount Marshall and Trayning.

The Water Corporation will construct a new six million litre storage tank in Waddouring, which will hold the equivalent of more than 2.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water. 

"The new tank in Waddouring will improve water quality and water pressure for more than 300 corporation customers in Bencubbin, Trayning, Kununoppin and the surrounding areas," Ms Davies said.

"The tank will be located just north of the existing water storage reservoir in Waddouring, which will be decommissioned.

"This project follows on from a recent $100,000 upgrade to the chlorination facility at the water treatment plant in Trayning, which has also improved water quality in the area."

Work on the Waddouring tank is expected to be completed by October 2016.

The Minister said the State Government recently announced a broader program to improve water supplies in the Wheatbelt.

"The corporation manages more than 9,593 kilometres of water mains as part of the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme. This scheme services more than 37,000 households, farms, mines and other enterprises," she said.

"Over the next three years, the Government will invest $32 million to significantly improve the water and farmlands supply schemes in the Wheatbelt area.

"These projects will help reduce leaks and breaks and will be undertaken in addition to the planned major work for the area."

Fact File

  • New $6.4 million tank to be constructed in Waddouring, about 85km north of Merredin
  • The new tank forms part of the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme
  • For more information about the corporation work in the Goldfields and Agricultural Region, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au

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