The Western Australian Government has announced the completion of the $25 million upgrade to double the capacity of the Millstream Dam to one billion litres.

State Water Minister, Bill Marmion, said that the upgrade was part of a number of projects planned to secure the long-term water supply for the state.

Millstream Dam is the central water storage for the Bridgetown Regional Water Supply Scheme (BRWSS), which is being developed to meet the long-term supply needs of Bridgetown, Boyup Brook, Hester, Greenbushes, Balingup, Mullalyup and Kirup.

“The upgrade to maximise capacity of Millstream Dam provides a much-needed storage increase for this central component of the BRWSS,” Mr Marmion said.

“Detailed planning for other components of the scheme, which includes pipelines to link the towns, is significantly advanced.

“Construction of the Hester to Boyup Brook pipeline began in April 2012 and is scheduled for completion by June 2013. 

“Construction of the Millstream to Greenbushes pipeline will start in November 2013, while the Greenbushes to Kirup pipeline is scheduled for completion in 2016. 

“When works have been completed, these towns will be serviced by an integrated, water supply network which will be linked to Millstream Dam.”