Water pipeline construction to help WA farmers
Construction has started on a new pipeline that will boost the volume of water available to horticulture growers and expand production in regional Western Australia.
It will increase the current water capacity from 183 litres per second to more than 550, once completed.
Construction company SSP Diverse is contracted to build the 25km Northern Borefield Pipeline, as part of the WA Government’s $25 million Gascoyne Food Bowl project.
WA Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) project manager Tony Della Bosca says the construction of the pipeline is the culmination of four years of work towards providing a better water supply, to increase irrigated agriculture production in Gascoyne by 400ha.
"The pipeline will be supported by the electrification of the northern bore field, which will ensure the consistent and more efficient delivery of water for horticultural crops," Bosca says.
More than 120 exploration bores have been drilled by the project, from which 35 production bores have been established to deliver four gigalitres per year, with an average flow of more than 12 litres per second per bore.
The project will complement previous investments in the Gascoyne irrigation pipeline and flood mitigation works, in efforts to create a viable and sustainable horticulture precinct.
"This project will satisfy growers’ need for a reliable, effective water supply, providing confidence for industry growth," Bosca says.
"It will also ensure a sustainable water resource to service potential new irrigated agriculture opportunities."
The project should be complete by September this year.
SSP Diverse has a history of delivering small and large pipelines in varying materials including mild steel cement line, UPVC, fibre reinforced, HDPE and Ductile Iron.
Some of its projects include BHP Finucane Island water main, Lakes Road water main and Karara Mine Operations water.
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