Last pipe laid for Dungowan pipeline

The last piece of a new permanent pipeline that will bolster Tamworth’s drought resilience has been laid, with the final stages of the project to be completed before its official opening this month.

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the completion of the pipeline is great news for local residents as it will play a vital role to help conserve the remaining storage in Chaffey Dam.

“This project has injected more than $1.3 million into the community, engaged 30 local businesses and recruited a workforce comprising one-third of local workers including tradesmen, truck drivers, fencers and heavy machine operators.

“I want to thank the community and the construction team for their assistance and for working closely with us during these challenging times.

“This new pipeline will help build the drought resilience of a major regional hub like Tamworth that relies almost entirely on surface water supplies,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the 18.2km pipeline is a NSW Government priority drought relief project and will enable water to be pumped from Chaffey Dam and delivered directly to the Calala Water Treatment Plant.

“This project was announced in June 2019, shovels were in by October 2019 and now the last piece of the puzzle will see the project completed in mid-April,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This project will effectively eliminate water lost to evaporation and seepage, which occurs when delivering water via the Peel River, saving Gigalitres of critical town water supply that would have otherwise been lost.

“Tamworth relies on surface water sources, which are subject to transmission losses, especially during periods of hot and dry conditions. The Peel Valley remains extremely susceptible to drought conditions,” Minister Pavey said.

Image: Tamworth Mayor Col Murray, NSW Minister for Water Melinda Pavey and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson