New water treatment proposal

By Southern Riverina News

Berrigan Shire will apply for funding to build a new water treatment facility in Finley.

The estimated cost of a complete replacement of the current facility is $4 million.

Berrigan Shire director of technical services Fred Exton said a new facility has been ‘‘a long time coming’’.

He said council would apply for money from the NSW Government’s Safe and Secure Water fund.

‘‘The current water treatment facility in Finley was built in 1940, and with modern standards the shire is constantly having to manually check the quality of the water.

‘‘The age of the facility is causing issues with concrete failures in the structure, and although the old facility is producing quality water, a new facility would be far more automated,’’ Mr Exton said.

As part of the proposal, the current facility near Finley Lake will have two new treatment plants added to the site alongside the existing water tower.

The water treatment process will then be streamlined into one tank rather than the three dousing, settlement and filtration units.

Mr Exton said the shire would still be required to pay for half of the project should it be successful in obtaining its preferred grant.

He said it’s the first time in 15 years the NSW Government has called for an expression of interest of this type.

‘‘These type of grants are not usually easy to come by. We will need to justify to the state government that our projects are worthy of funding,’’ Mr Exton said.

The shire will also apply for funding to upgrade the Barooga water treatment facility. This will involve doubling its capacity to cater for the town’s rising population. The upgrade is expected to cost about $1.7 million.