• Water Corporation has begun construction on a new $7m water tank which will supply water to customers in the shires of Mukinbudin, Nungarin and Mt Marshall
  • The tank can hold up to five million litres of water

Water Minister Mia Davies today announced work had begun on a $7 million project to improve water quality in the Central Wheatbelt shires of Mukinbudin, Nungarin and Mt Marshall and the surrounding farmlands.

The Water Corporation will construct a five million litre water tank in Barbalin, which will hold the equivalent of more than two Olympic-sized swimming pools of water.  The corporation will also install pressure control valves on the Merredin to Barbalin pipeline.

"The new tank and pressure control valves will improve water supply and provide consistent water pressure," Ms Davies said. 

"About 1,200 Water Corporation customers in the shires of Mukinbudin, Nungarin and Mt Marshall will benefit from the work, which forms part of the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme."

The Minister said the new tank would be adjacent to the existing Barbalin Reservoir, which would be decommissioned once the new tank was completed.

Work on the new Barbalin Tank and installation of the pressure valves is expected to be completed by November 2016.

This is in addition to the announcement of a program focused specifically on improving water supplies in the Wheatbelt.

"The Water Corporation manages more than 9,500 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," Ms Davies said.

"The farmlands water supply project will invest $32 million over the next three years 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 $7 million tank in Barbalin, about 80km north of Merredin
  • Project will improve water quality and provide consistent pressure for more than 1,200 Water Corporation customers in the shires of Mukinbudin, Nungarin and Mt Marshall

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