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Temporary raw water pipeline for Mt Beauty

1 December 2022

North East Water will be installing and testing a temporary emergency raw water pipeline system for Mt Beauty over the coming weeks.

The pipeline is necessary as a contingency only should the town’s existing raw water line fail over summer. 

Managing Director Jo Murdoch said with the recent and ongoing wet weather, there is an increased possibility of landslips damaging this crucial infrastructure.

“We’ve already had one recent slip near the current raw water line, which luckily was not impacted”, Ms Murdoch said.

“That’s why it’s extremely important that we have a contingency in place to provide the town with water in the event of a failure, particularly in summer when demand is high.

“This temporary system will involve a diesel powered pump and suction hose set-up at the end of the tailrace.

“An above ground pipeline will also be laid out from the tailrace to Embankment Drive and over to the Kiewa Valley Highway, then connect to our existing raw water pipeline that feeds the water treatment plant.

“Once tested, the pump and most of the pipeline will be removed and stored locally, and then if necessary can be reinstalled quickly.”

Ms Murdoch added, “I want to assure everyone that the pump and pipework are temporary and for emergency situations only.”

“A decision on the location of a new permanent raw water pipeline is yet to be made.

“We are currently undertaking an independent project assurance review of the locations shortlisted by the Community & Key Stakeholder Reference Group.

“We will provide an update on this project in the new year.

“For now, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding while we undertake the installation and testing for this temporary emergency contingency pipeline.”

For further information on this temporary project visit this page here.