The State Government will soon begin work on a $10.6 million suite of upgrades to improve the water supply for people living in the Wheatbelt shires of Narembeen and Koorda.

Water Minister Mia Davies said work in Narembeen to install a new below ground pipeline would replace an above ground pipeline and connect about 350 customers to the Goldfields and Agricultural Region Water Supply Scheme.

Ms Davies said as part of this upgrade, the Water Corporation would also construct two kilometres of underground pipeline for Wadderin farmlands customers, bypassing Narembeen's main pipeline.

"This will ensure consistent water pressure for customers in the Wadderin farmlands area during peak demand periods, as this stand-alone pipe means the water will no longer have to travel through the town first and lose pressure along the way," she said.

Other Water Corporation improvements include installing a new pump station in West Narembeen and upgrading the Belka pump station.

The Minister said the Water Corporation would also replace 1.2 kilometres of below ground pipeline in Koorda, which was due for renewal.  This pipeline supplies water to about 430 Water Corporation customers in the Shire of Koorda.

"The pipeline runs through the centre of town so there will be some impact on local traffic, however the Water Corporation will give residents plenty of notice before the work begins," she said.

Ms Davies said replacing the above ground pipeline in Narembeen with one that was buried would ensure the pipeline no longer heated up in the warmer months.

The work in Koorda will be completed by mid-year and the work in Narembeen will be completed by the end of the year.  This is in addition to the $32 million farmlands water supply project, which is aimed at significantly improving the water and farmlands supply schemes in the Wheatbelt area.

Fact File

  • The Goldfields and Agricultural Region Water Supply Scheme consists of 9,593 kilometres of water mains and services more than 37,000 households, farms, mines and other enterprises


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