Work has started on the cross city, non-potable water main pipeline, Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) key infrastructure asset that aims to improve drought security for Dubbo. 

The non-potable water main pipeline project will take ground water from the city’s established recreational bores to the John Gilbert Water Treatment Plant in times of severe drought. The dual pipeline will also allow treated recycled water from the Dubbo Sewage Treatment Plant to replace non-potable groundwater. Additionally, four (4) new bores have been constructed in North Dubbo which will be connected to the pipeline as part of this significant project.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor, Ben Shields said he was pleased to have the project started.

“This region was one of the hardest hit by the worst drought on record in Australia. The whole community suffered, so it’s imperative that we prepare and drought proof ourselves for future generations. A lot of planning has gone in to this multi-million dollar project and I am pleased that we are now starting to see the pipeline in the ground,” said Councillor Shields.

After a competitive tender process, DRC engaged Jonishan Pty Ltd to deliver the project, a company with over 25 years’ experience as a pipe-laying civil contractor. The pipeline is being funded as part of the NSW Government’s $30m funding for Council to explore and implement ways of improving the region’s water supply.

Local Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said he wants the community to be more resilient in times of drought and water shortages.

“Last year I announced an emergency $30 million grant to Dubbo Regional Council for the purposes of trying to secure Dubbo’s water resources, both in the short-term and the long-term,” said Mr Saunders.

“We want to make the community more resilient during drought, so investing in new technologies like this pipeline and investigating recycled water and its potential uses is crucial to easing the demand on existing town water supplies.”

The pipeline will cause minimal disruptions to properties. In most cases, and where possible, contractors will be digging a small trench approximately 1 meter deep by 1 meter wide. The pipeline will then be laid in the trench and the trench will be backfilled. The majority of the 19km pipeline will be laid within existing road corridors. At some points the pipeline will cross state owned (Transport for NSW [TfNSW]) roadways and railway lines. Traffic control will be in place where necessary to assist road users and pedestrians throughout the project. Property owners who will have their access disrupted by the installation will receive courtesy notices. Work on the pipeline is expected to be completed in early 2021.


Last Edited: 22 Sep 2020

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