Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Halls Creek: Water supply increased 30 percent

Water minister Mia Davies says four new bores have increased Halls Creek’s water supply by 30 percent.

You can read her media release here:

Government of Western Australia

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Minister for Water

 

Ministerial Statement

July 29, 2014

NOTE: THIS MINISTERIAL STATEMENT IS STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 JULY 29, 2014

 

Halls Creek water supply boosted by 30 per cent

• $6.7million upgrade to Halls Creek water supply scheme

• Upgrade will increase water supply by 30%

 

The State Government has completed a $6.7million upgrade to the water supply scheme for Halls Creek to support the future growth of the town.

 

Water Minister Mia Davies said the upgrade was expected to increase total supply capacity by up to 30 per cent – the equivalent of 760,000 litres every day to the town – and enables future growth in the area.

 

“With the Great Sandy and Tanami deserts on either side, Halls Creek is a challenging area to provide water to,” Ms Davies said.

 

“The upgrade involved drilling four new bores, replacing a section of existing water main and improvements to the existing transfer pump station.”

 

Water restrictions were introduced in Halls Creek in January 2009 when the water level in the aquifer dropped following a lack of rain.

 

“People living in Halls Creek adapted extremely well to the water restrictions and I thank all residents for their efforts to save water,” the Minister said.

 

“Through this upgrade, we now have additional water from the borefield and residents in Halls Creek can take comfort in returning to the alternate day sprinkler roster, which is in place across the North-West.”

 

The upgrade project forms part of a $30million investment in water and wastewater infrastructure in the Kimberley in 2013-14, with another $12.5million allocated in 2014-15.

 

Fact File

• An alternate day sprinkler roster is in place across the North-West. People living in an even numbered house can water on even numbered days of the month while people living in odd numbered houses can water on odd days of the month

• The State Government will continue to work with the local community to improve the town’s water efficiency, in particular large water users and the Shire of Halls Creek.

• The upgrade began in July 2013

• The shire has recently become one of the State’s growing number of Waterwise councils

 

 

 

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