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Yass to Murrumbateman Water Pipeline

Project Overview

The village of Murrumbateman is currently serviced by a water supply system, which provides water drawn from ground water sources. While the bore water undergoes a disinfection treatment process, it is occasionally of below average quality, encounters supply issues in the summer months and does not provide a secure water supply for Murrumbateman, today or into the future. The 19km long, 250mm diameter pipeline from Yass to Murrumbateman will service up to 3000 people in the village.

Key Project Dates

  • 2016/17 - Easement creation (pipeline route and reservoir sites) and concept design.
  • 2017/18 - Survey and detailed design, environmental studies and easement creation.
  • 2018/19 - Calling and awarding of tender for construction and commence construction.
  • 2019/20 - Construction and pipeline commissioning.
  • 2020/21 - Finalisation of easement creation.
  • 2021/22 - Extension of water mains to border of future development areas.

Project funding

The project has an estimated cost of $14 million and has been partially funded by a $6.1 million grant from the Australian Government and $3.735 million from the NSW Government. The remaining cost of the project will be sourced by Council.

Council has entered into an agreement with the NSW Government through the Low Cost Loans Initiative (LCLI) for reimburse of 50% of the costs of Council’s interest payment on loans for this eligible infrastructure project. The LCLI has been established by the NSW Government to provide interest reimbursements in order to assist local councils accelerate the delivery of infrastructure to support growing communities.

Project updates & community information

Update - Wednesday, 22 July 2020

The project was scheduled for completion in June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it is scheduled (tentatively) for completion by December 2020.

There is uncertainty in the delivery date of major equipment to the Morton Pump Station and Chlorination Unit. Main pumps are manufactured in Italy (Xylem Brand) and parts for other major mechanical and electrical equipment for the pump station are from overseas. Chlorination equipment is from USA. Border closures has impacted the movement of staff. The focus is now to complete all works except those that requires the arrival of equipment and to be ready to complete the works as soon as the pumping and other equipment from overseas are delivered to site. Funding agencies have been advised of the delay. Approval was granted by the Federal Government to vary the completion date to 31 December 2020.

Murrumbateman Reservoir 2.15ML: 
The testing of the Murrumbateman Reservoir 2.15ML is progressing well and most of the minor seepages have self-healed and remedial measures were taken to address wet spots. An inspection was held in late June 2020 and waiting for healing. In the meantime, the reservoir will be emptied for internal inspection. Water inside reservoir will be used for super-chlorinating the 17.9km long pipeline. Preparation of the Works as Executed Drawings are in progress. The delay in completion of the reservoir has not affected the commissioning date of the pipeline and pump station.

Pipeline 17.9km of 250mm diameter:
Construction of the pipe from Morton Pump Station, Yass to Murrumbateman Reservoir and testing of the pipeline has been completed satisfactorily including the section of distribution main from the new reservoir. Restoration of the construction corridor was delayed due to drought but has commenced with the recent rains. The contractor is working with the landowners to obtain consent of completion of restoration works. When the pump station becomes operational, commissioning tests on the pipeline will be carried out. Survey work were completed in May 2020 and preparation of final easement plans of the pipeline for each individual property is underway.

Morton Pump Station, 35 L/s:
Site works, building works, drainage works and installation of pipe works at Morton Pump Station have been completed. Upgraded power supply to Morton Pump Station with the new sub-station was completed and overhead poles were replaced with underground supply.

Installation of switchboards, generator, acoustic insulation and ventilation works were completed. The pump station is ready for the installation of the pumps. Man-proof fencing of the new compound for the existing Morton Low Level reservoir, pump stations and future reservoir is scheduled for late July.
Pumps were air freighted and cleared the customs at Melbourne on 7 July 2020. Skid mounting of pumps and motors and factory testing in Sydney will follow. Pumps are expected to be delivered to the site by the end of July 2020.

During the coring of the reservoir, the reservoir wall was found to be different to what was on the records with Council and with Public Works archives. The existing reservoir is 56 years old. It is necessary to conduct a structural and durability assessment of the reservoir to ensure that when it is put on service for the Yass to Murrumbateman Water Transfer System, it will last at least another 30 years. Also due to the discrepancy between the records and actual structure of the reservoir, the structural assessment will inform any remedial measures to strengthen the reservoir as well as to design the restraint required for the suction pipe. Site investigations necessary for structural assessment were carried-out during 20-22 May and the report is expected by 20 July 2020.

As the above assessment and any remedial measures will require the reservoir to be offline, designers and Council staff are working to devise a by-pass arrangement so that the Morton Pump Station under construction can be commissioned as soon as the pumps are delivered to site and the water can be transferred to Murrumbateman.

Murrumbateman Chlorination Unit:
Construction contract for the Murrumbateman Chlorination Unit was awarded on 20 December 2019 and preparation of base for the pre-cast building that will house the dosing system is complete. Pre-cast chlorine building is scheduled for delivery to site by 24 July and the installation of equipment will follow.

Update - Friday, 18 October 2019

Pipeline from Yass to Murrumbateman
The new reservoir has been filled with water and is now undergoing testing and the frame for the Morton Avenue pump station has now been assembled. 17km of the pipeline has now been laid and testing of sections of the pipeline will commence within the next week.

Update - Friday, 6 September 2019

Pipeline from Yass to Murrumbateman
The under-boring of Yass Valley Way is complete with Contractors now working to install the pipe underneath this road. There will be signage in place on Yass Valley Way to advise that works are occurring but there will be no traffic disruptions during this time. The Excavated area along the Travelling Stock Route (TSR) will be closed to the public until end of September to allow for seeding and regrowth of vegetation.

Update - Monday, 26 August 2019

Pipeline from Yass to Murrumbateman
Contractors will be constructing and laying pipes underneath Yass Valley Way on a section between the Travelling Stock Route and Old Sale yard premises from Tuesday, 27 August 2019 until Friday, 6 September 2019. As a result of this, Council would like to advise that the Travelling Stock Route will be closed to the public and both gates will be locked during this time. There will  be signage in place on Yass Valley Way to advise that works are occurring but there will be no traffic disruptions during this time. 

Update - Friday, 2 August 2019

Murrumbateman Reservoir
Construction of the Murrumbateman Reservoir is well underway, the walls are now complete and the installation of the pipework has progressed. The reservoir is scheduled for completion September 2019, weather permitting.

Morton Avenue Pump Station 
Site preparatory works are underway with the pump station scheduled to be completed by June 2020, weather permitting.

Pipeline from Yass to Murrumbateman
Pipes have been laid from the Morton Avenue pump station site in Yass up to Iceton place (approx. 5km) with works continuing.

Update - Thursday, 18 April 2019

Letter to residents - Construction of new pump station and underground pipeline
The construction of a new pump station at Morton Avenue, Yass near the current reservoir and an underground pipeline from Yass to Murrumbateman is scheduled to commence in early May 2019; with the entire project due to be completed in June 2020.

Update - Wednesday, 27 March 2019

At the March 2019 Council meeting it was resolved that the tender submitted by Fewster Brothers Contracting Pty Ltd be accepted for the construction of Yass to Murrumbateman Water Transfer System (Contract No: 10014851) for a total cost of $9,868,213.20 (GST inclusive) in accordance with tender documentation, addendum and tender submission.

Update - Friday, 16 November 2018

Letter to residents - Construction of a new water reservoir
Construction of the new water reservoir (tank), associated with the Yass to Murrumbateman Water Pipeline Project will begin from Monday, 26 November 2018, with Precision Civil Infrastructure Pty Ltd awarded the construction contract. 

Update - Thursday, 23 August 2018

At the August 2018 Council Meeting it was resolved that the tender submitted by Precision Civil Infrastructure Pty Ltd be accepted for Design & Construction of a 2.15ML Reservoir at Murrumbateman (Contract No : 10014871) at a total cost of $1,652,710.84 (GST inc) in accordance with tender documentation, addendum and tender submission.

Update - Thursday, 7 June 2018

Media Release - Next step in Yass to Murrumbateman Pipeline

Update - July 2017

Project information to the Murrumbateman village residents

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