Sunday, November 13, 2016

Town water for Bushy Park and Glenora

A TREATED water supply will be provided at Bushy Park and Glenora following years of planning and community consultation. TasWater has announced that 80 per cent of property owners in the two towns have agreed to sign up and connect to the new service.

"TasWater formally proposed the schemes as an extension of its plan to upgrade the water supply at Gretna, providing fully treated water to all three towns," TasWater chief executive Michael Brewster said. "The Derwent Valley Council has previously committed $500,000 to the project in the form of a long term loan to TasWater, enabling us to waive the usual service introduction fee.'

Mr Brewster said he was very pleased to be able to confirm the expansion of the water service to the area, meaning residents would be able to tap into a fully treated water system meeting Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Construction of the pipelines will start in January with commissioning of the network expected to take place around the middle of 2017. “It’s estimated with the fixed service charge water usage and a payment program over four years to cover connection charges, new TasWater customers should be paying around $246 a quarter," Mr Brewster said.

While community support in Bushy Park and Glenora was strong, the same was not the case for Macquarie Plains, which was a late inclusion in the proposed scheme. “Support for TasWater extending the supply to Macquarie Plains fell well short of the required 80 per cent with just 22 per cent of the community indicating a willingness to join," Mr Brewster said.

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