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Murray water here by April

Saturday, 6th October, 2018

By Emily Roberts

The taps for the Wentworth to Broken Hill pipeline are expected to be turned on by April.

After months of construction on the 270 kilometre work front, the countdown to completion of the W2BH pipeline project has started.

Mainline construction along the Silver City Highway is finished.

Nearly 22,000 pipes were installed between Wentworth and Broken Hill since March, and local contractors built two camps that housed more than 400 people who worked on the project.

W2BH’s focus is now on completing pipe installation in Broken Hill and Wentworth, along with the construction of four large pump stations, a 720 megalitre bulk water storage dam and other associated infrastructure.

In Broken Hill, several work crews continue to carry out trenching, pipe laying, backfilling and reinstatement along the 7km-long pipeline route in town, to ensure the pipeline is ready for water by December.

“By April next year, Broken Hill residents will be getting their water from the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline,” a pipeline spokesperson said during the week.

“Construction is expected to be completed by December. 

“After construction, pipeline testing will take place to ensure everything is working properly and the pipeline is ready to supply water to Broken Hill by April 2019.”

The spokesperson said that in regard to the Water NSW statement in Saturday’s BDT that the city’s water supply in the Menindee Lakes would last until March, there was enough left to last until September next year.

“There is sufficient water in the main supply point, Weir 32, to supply Broken Hill until September 2019,” she said. 

“If required, water supply will revert from Copi Hollow back to Weir 32. 

“However, with the pipeline coming into operation on schedule this may not be needed.” 

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