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Tara water supply update — New bore set to be delivered

13 April 2016

Western Downs Regional Council is continuing its investigation into the water network in Tara and is one step closer towards delivering a clean safe water supply, increasing the capacity and optimising system redundancy in the town’s utilities network.

  • The township of Tara is still connected to one of two available bores which is supplying water to the township;
  • A full length survey was undertaken of the off-line bore located near the swimming pool;
  • Results of the survey revealed that the most cost-effective and sustainable option is to  decommission and replace the existing bore by drilling a new bore in a nearby location;
  • A call for Tender of the works has been released, and it’s anticipated the successful tenderer will be known early-May with contractors commencing on site in June, weather permitting;
  • Council is aiming to have the new bore fully operational and working alongside the secondary bore by July.

Western Downs Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Ross Musgrove said the continuing investigation into Tara’s water supply remains a priority for Council as we progress to tender phase for the remedial works.

“It was identified the existing bore, which is currently off-line, is nearing the end of its life cycle and a decision has been made for the bore to be re-drilled providing a cost-effective and long-term sustainable solution for the community,” he said.

“We are extremely pleased with the rapid progress Council has made and are now on track for the successful tenderer to be announced following closure of the tender period in approximately four weeks.”

Mr Musgrove said construction is set to commence in June, and until the new replacement bore is fully operational, the township will be supplied water through the secondary bore which is continuing to operate at an increased flow providing clean safe water from the Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant.

“Testing of the RO plant will be bolstered once both bores are fully operational by July, weather permitting, boosting the daily production capacity and securing reliability of the water supply for the Tara community,” he said.

“Council will continue to provide updates to the community during this period, and we thank the residents in advance for their cooperation over the next few months as we work to introduce the new infrastructure.”

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Media contact:

Western Downs Regional Council, Communications and Marketing Department – 1300 COUNCIL