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Improvement works underway at Barmah WTP

Improvement works underway at Barmah WTP
  Installation of the new 46kL elevated storage tank at Barmah WTP is expected to be completed in May

24 April 2012

Works to replace the elevated storage at the water treatment plant in Barmah are currently underway.

Goulburn Valley Water District Manager Michael McShane said that work was required due to leaks in the 25 year old tank.

“In January the elevated storage tank was taken off-line due to a leaking problem which was causing us to lose treated water,” said Mr McShane. “The tank, which is about 20m off the ground, was quite old so sections were beginning to perish, leading to leakages in a number of places.”

At this time the high lift pumps on site were adapted to ensure GVW’s Barmah customers would continue to receive treated water with no interruption. “The high lift pumps were fitted with a pressure sensor, which enabled them to sense the pressure in the water main,” he said. “This meant the water could be pumped directly into the water main, which has been an effective solution in the interim.”

This has allowed GVW to source a replacement tank which is now being installed by contractors Roe and Cook.

“The $47,000 project includes removal of the old tank and ladder, and installation of a 46kL tank, inlet pipework and access ladder.”

The works are expected to be completed by early May, when the system will return to its normal process.

For further media enquiries please contact Michaela Sargeant, 5832 0471, michaelas@gvwater.vic.gov.au.

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