New plant for flood-proof flows
The Tamworth Regional Council has unveiled a $2.3 million upgrade of Nundle’s water treatment plant.
The works mean there should no longer be a need to switch off the plant in the event of a flood.
The Nundle water treatment plant previously had to be turned off during floods, leaving the town to rely solely on its reservoirs.
Tamworth Council’s director of water and waste, Bruce Logan, said the $2.3 million investment meant Nundle’s water would be secure for the next 50 years.
“In the last few years, we’d noticed that some of the technology in the plant has got to the end of its life,” Mr Logan said.
“The most recent flood we had it actually inundated the plant and we had to turn it off until the water went down.”
“We’d noticed that some of the technology in the plant has got to the end of its life.
The upgrades have left the plant sitting above the high-water mark of the “one-in-100 year” flood.
“When there was a flood, we had to turn the old plant off because the quality of the water was such that we couldn’t treat it in this plant,” Mr Logan said.
Mr Logan said the plant should be able to handle any future government-imposed regulations on water treatment standards.
“The Department of Health are talking about health-based targets instead of mandatory compliance with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines,” he said.
“We’re confident with the plant we’ve got here, should that we introduced, that we should be able to address those and provide the water that meets those requirements.
“It looks at risk across a few areas, more in-depth monitoring at parts of the treatment process rather than monitoring the water at the end of the process.”