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Wyangala Water Treatment Plant Taking Shape

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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IMAGE: Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with Cowra Deputy Mayor Judi Smith, GM Paul Devery, and other staff at the start of construction of the new Wyangala Water Treatment Plant last year.

Wyangala’s new $5 million water treatment plant is on track to be completed by mid-2023.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the project was gaining momentum with the infrastructure expected to be finished by the end of March, weather permitting, before it moves into a two-month commissioning phase.

“The contractors have been kicking goals and its great to see them getting closer to the finishing line because the plant will transform water quality and reliability for residents and visitors to the Wyangala Waters Holiday Park,” Ms Cooke said.

“Despite having to contend with unprecedented flooding and rainfall, the project team have kept the delays to a minimum and are now in the last phase of construction.

“The modern water treatment plant will deliver up to 800,000 litres of top quality, drinking water every day which will be life changing for the 200 permanent locals, as well as the thousands of people who visit the holiday park every year.”

A lot of the structural work on the main building along with pipelines is nearly finished and builders are now installing compressors, tanks, and pumps as well as cables and electrical equipment. Cowra Mayor Cr Bill West said the new infrastructure will be a significant Council asset that will bring water services at Wyangala into the 21st century. “The plant is located above the village and dam and will house the filtration and chemical processes that will deliver treated drinking water to both locals and the holiday park,” Cr West said.

“Once the plant begins operating, it will ensure that potable water that meets the current Australian Drinking Water Guidelines will be available at Wyangala. This is great news, not only for the village community, but for visitors to the region and will help unlock the tourism potential for the area.”

So far, more than $1 million has been injected into the regional economy with the contractor Enviropacific Services using the services of more than 100 local businesses and employing one third of its workforce locally.

The project has been funded by the NSW and Australian Governments.

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