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PORT SORELL TASWATER UPGRADE DELAYED

Work on a major water infrastructure project at Port Sorell has been delayed while TasWater takes steps to ensure the community is getting value for money.

PORT SORELL TASWATER UPGRADE DELAYED

DUE DILIGENCE PRIORITY

Work on a major water infrastructure project at Port Sorell has been delayed while TasWater takes steps to ensure the community is getting value for money.

TasWater’s Project Delivery Leader, James Richey, confirmed this week that the tender recommendation was currently being reviewed to ensure the full scope of the project could be delivered within budget.

“This is a major project and the decision to review the tender recommendation is a case of TasWater doing its due diligence,” Mr Richey said.

The upgrade of Port Sorell’s water supply network was originally scheduled to commence at the end of March.

TasWater will provide a new project delivery schedule as soon as a contract has been awarded.

The project will see existing water mains in the town replaced with new, larger mains at a cost of more than $1 million.

The larger mains in Fleetwood Drive, Belmont Close, Parkers Ford Road and Arthurs Street will provide supplementary flows to cater for growth in the town - particularly in the higher elevation areas - while maintaining existing pressure and flows.

Because of the rapid growth of the town, the water supply network is nearing capacity and any long-term future development will be unserviceable without a network upgrade.

This will be the first stage of a two-stage project which will eventually see a new water reservoir built on Port Sorell Road.

The new reservoir is scheduled for construction in 2031 and will ensure adequate storage levels for the town in the longer term.

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