• $2.7 million project to build new water main servicing Cable Beach area
  • Forms part of suite of $20 million water supply improvements for Broome

Upgrades to Broome’s water supply scheme continue with a $2.7 million State Government project under way to construct a new water main in the Cable Beach area.

Water Minister Mia Davies said the project formed part of a suite of water supply upgrades for Broome with more than $20 million invested over the past three years.

“The Water Corporation is installing a 1.5 kilometre section of water main between Fairway Drive and Coucal Street, to improve the water supply to the areas of Cable Beach and Roebuck Estate,” Ms Davies said.

“Work on the water main is expected to be complete about July 2015 and is the latest in a suite of projects to cater for long-term growth.”

The Minister said the State Government, through the corporation, had completed a $6.9 million project in early May to upgrade the borefield which supplied Broome with water.

“The borefield expanded by 4.5 million litres a day by installing three new groundwater bores, which will boost drinking water supplies to ensure peak demand can be met,” she said.

The corporation also plans to use solar energy for the first time to help power the pumps at the borefield and has called for expressions of interest from organisations with experience in off-grid hybrid power supply.  If successful in Broome, solar power could be used at other borefield pumps across the State.

Late last year a new $3.8 million water main was installed along Broome’s Port Drive to connect the port and Light Industrial Area (LIA) to the storage tank at Blackman Street.  The new 3.5km main will improve the reliability and pressure of the water supply to the port and LIA.

“These projects ensure water supplies and infrastructure cater for growth, helping Broome continue to prosper as a top tourist destination and a major regional commercial and administrative centre,” Ms Davies said.

 Fact File

  • The Water Corporation supplies Broome with groundwater from a borefield about 12km to the north-east of the town site
  • For more information, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au

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