Pipe dream becomes reality

The Merri Abba pipeline will ensure an emergency water supply for Lake Cargelligo in times of drought. Photo Gus BlackerBy Dominic Geiger

Construction on the long awaited Merri Abba water pipeline project is set to begin in the next few weeks following Lachlan Shire Council’s approval of a tender offer from Mitchell Water Australia pty ltd.

The project, which will guarantee an emergency supply of water for residents of Lake Cargelligo, Murrin Bridge and Tullibigeal, was approved for the tender amount of $12,760,393.

Director of Technical Services at the Lachlan Shire Council, Kevin Smith, said the project would cause minimal disturbances to local residents while it was underway.

“There will be 31 kilometres of high voltage electricity line and 300 millimetre diameter pipeline laid within the Hillston Road reserve over a period of several months, however appropriate traffic control will be in place during this time,” he said.

“We estimate the pipeline will be completed in early 2012.”

General Manager of the Lachlan Shire, George Cowan, said the project was critical for preserving a water supply for the Lake Cargelligo community.

“While there is water in Lake Cargelligo at the moment, and water systems are performing very effectively, it was only 18 months ago that the lake was dry and a water supply was in jeopardy,” he said.

“This project will guarantee water for the community and that security will allow for growth to occur in local businesses.”

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