A $15 million upgrade to the Morgan Water Treatment Plant began this week, to help meet future demand growth and further enhance the quality of drinking water SA Water supplies to more than 130 000 regional South Australians.
Passing motorists will begin to see construction activity around the site including the removal of soil and rock to make way for a new 30 megalitre earth bank water storage.
A number of ageing introduced pine species will also be removed and replaced with new native plants.
The internal driveway to the Morgan Bowling Club car park will be modified slightly but access to the club off the Goyder Highway will be unchanged.
SA WaterGeneral Manager Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said work on the upgrade is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.
“This upgrade will help to ensure that as the population grows, customers can continue to rely on the high quality water they’re used to,” said Mark.
“The project is creating around 20 new jobs during construction and is being delivered by South Australian company Leed Engineering and Construction.”
“Earth and rocks removed for the new storage tank will be temporarily moved to SA Water land adjacent the Morgan treatment plant and we will then work with Mid-Murray Council and other organisations to identify suitable re-use opportunities for this material.
“Please be alert to changed traffic conditions on the roads around the treatment plant complex which will be in place during construction for the safety of the community and all road users.”
As well as increasing the treatment plant’s storage capacity to 42 megalitres, the project will also include upgrades to filtration and disinfection systems.
Water from the Morgan Water Treatment Plant is delivered to customers from Burra and Clare in the state’s Mid North all the way to Central Eyre Peninsula, and was recently voted the best tasting tap water in the state for a second year running at a Water Industry Operators Association of Australia event.
“The additional storage capacity will also enable us to take advantage of lower electricity prices by pumping larger quantities of water during low electricity demand periods, and deliver more operational cost savings for our customers.”
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