3 March 2023
An extension of the electrical network has been completed to provide power to the new Water Treatment Plant site at Quipolly.
In addition to this 500-meter extension, Essential Energy also required Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) to perform an upgrade of its electricity network that involved almost 4KMs of upgraded wires, the replacement of 18 new poles, and the installation of a new recloser switch.
The Quipolly Water Project has fully funded this upgrade to Essential Energy’s infrastructure with the cost of the power upgrade and 500-meter extension totalling $520,000.
LPSC Mayor Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM said this is another important milestone in the single biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the Shire.
“It’s very pleasing to see things progressing well with this vitally important project. We look forward to its completion and the many benefits it will bring to the community for a long time to come,” he said.
The Quipolly Water Treatment Plant, and the Werris Creek and Quirindi Water Pipeline are the final stage of Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s long-term vision, known as the Regional Water Supply Strategy. This strategy was initiated to ensure a quality water supply for the region into the future.
The Quipolly Water Project will secure the Werris Creek water supply and provide options for the management of the Quirindi water supply by constructing a state-of-the-art water treatment plant and a pipeline to Werris Creek and Quirindi.
Council has worked closely with the Federal and State Governments to attract funding of $25 million for this project. It is estimated that the total cost of the will be $36.8 million with Council contributing up to $11.8 million to complete the project.
“This partnership project will provide improved water quality with a secure system that meets the needs and growth of the Shire now and into the future,” said Mayor Hawkins.