Yass Valley Council has endorsed as its preferred option the design and construction of a new water treatment plant – with an estimated project cost of $31.9 million – at the May Ordinary Council meeting.
Council staff have worked closely with HunterH2O, Department Planning, Industry & Environment – Water and NSW Health to address the issues and concerns in relation to the existing water treatment plant.
The preferred option was chosen from four shortlisted options as it addresses the colour, odour and hardness of the water quality and minimises the risk to the town water supply during construction of the upgrade.
“We wanted to ensure that the option that was chosen is one that is going to be effective for many years to come and will also allow for the incorporation of future alternate technologies,” Mayor Rowena Abbey said.
“Now that we have decided on the best option, Council will continue to work with HunterH20 and stakeholders to complete a detailed design and business case which is a requirement by the State Government,” Mayor Abbey said.
The detailed design is due for completion late 2020. Council will prepare a submission to the State Government to fully fund the construction project.