Leed Engineering and Construction will soon begin the construction of multiple new pump stations and a 40km pipeline, enabling 2ML of water a day to be moved from Scone to Murrurundi in NSW. The construction is expected to start in August 2019 and due to be completed in mid 2020, with a new, larger reservoir for Murrurundi anticipated to be built soon after.
Contractor Leed Engineering and Construction estimates up to 600m of pipeline a day can be laid in open paddock. Two teams, each with equipment including a 30 tonne excavator, will install the pipeline simultaneously starting in Scone and Wingen, and working towards Murrurundi.
The pipeline will be buried for the entire length of the route. The only areas where the completed pipeline will be visible is where it enters/exits the pump stations and there will be above ground access points to the pipeline valves along the way.
The pipeline project is estimated to cost $14.2 million, with over $13 million in funding provided by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program. The remainder of the project funding is provided by the Upper Hunter Shire Council.
The pipeline design allows for drinking water reticulation and reservoirs for the villages of Blandford, Parkville and Wingen to be constructed in the future, with the local council pursuing the connection of these villages as a high priority.
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