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Construction of the new Water Treatment Plant has commenced and is on schedule.

The current works at the site include clearing of the land and a new access road constructed, the clearwater and PAC tanks have been poured and the filter wall is now under construction.

These upgrades are being largely funded by the NSW Government, with $7.8 million coming from the Resources for Regions program and $7.75 million from the Water Security for Regions program.

Both programs sit under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund. A further $200,000 has been provided by Cobar Shire Council. Total funds available for the project is $15.75 million.

Council does not directly receive the total grant funds, but is required to make monthly progression claims for works completed.

Construction works for this project are is expected to be completed by December 2018.

An open day for the Water Treatment Plant will be scheduled for April 2018 for members of the community to see the site and to ask any questions they may have.

It should be understood the construction of the new Water Treatment Plant will not remove our current problem with the discoloration of our water.

Attached is a photo of the works to date.

Replacing the pipe network and interim works:

Council has made a commitment to address the discolouring of our water in Cobar and to have this problem resolved once and for all.

As this is an expensive problem Council has applied for a State Government grant of $5.1 million (including a Council contribution of $700,000) late last year and we are happy to announce that the application has successfully made it to the second round of the process.

The grant funding that we have applied for will replace the 6km of old cast iron pipes and for ice pigging throughout the remainder of the network. Our second round application was submitted on Monday, 22 January 2018 and we should have notification of the outcome by April 2018.

Prices for air scouring have been sourced and this work will be undertaken in February (dependent on the availability of the contractor). The purpose of these works is to remove as much sediment from the pipes as possible.

Please be advised that during this period you may experience higher levels of dirty water. The contractor will be in contact with our residents when this is likely to occur.

There is a four step process to cleaning the pipe network:

1. Flush the system – this is an interim fix to the discoloured water
2. Air Scour – this removes a deeper layer of the sediment
3. Ice Pigging – Council is currently applying for grants (as well as pipe replacement) to have these works completed
4. Replacement.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the above matters please feel free to contact Council on (02) 6836 5888 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.