A key Tasmanian water treatment plant is being repaired. 

Works are underway at the Forth Water Treatment Plant (WTP) to renew its filters, which are vital to the water treatment process.

In recent months, the performance of some of the plant’s media filters have deteriorated.

“These filters are used to capture sediment from our water during the treatment process prior to distribution to our customers,” says TasWater Project Engineer Larry Smith.

“If they are not working correctly, it can result in increased sediment and reduced treatment capacity in the drinking water supply.

“That’s why we are addressing it now, so it does not become an issue for our customers.”

The project also includes a significant amount of cleaning of the tanks, nozzles and other associated infrastructure at the plant.

“Before we bring the new filters online, we will undertake rigorous testing to ensure the plant is working as it should and that the water meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines,” Mr Smith said.

“Once complete, the works will lead to surety of safe and reliable drinking water supply as well as a decreased likelihood of high-level water restrictions.”

The filter media replacement project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2021.

TasWater says customers should not be impacted or notice any change to their drinking water during or after the project is complete.