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Taps turn on better water for Curlewis

4 June, 2019

It's time to turn on the taps for a new water supply to Curlewis.

The $5.2 million Curlewis Pipeline Project has been completed by Gunnedah Shire Council, and will supply 260 households with better-tasting, higher quality water.

Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey said the completion was great news for Curlewis residents and businesses.

"This major infrastructure upgrade for Curlewis will go a long way to improving the liveability of the town, including economic growth and beautification of the area," he said.

“Curlewis water should now not be as hard, will be easier on household appliances, and should taste better.

“Curlewis is an important part of Gunnedah Shire's future."

Gunnedah Shire Council's project manager water services Michael Ludlow thanked the residents of Curlewis for their patience during construction of the project.

"The people of Curlewis have been patient throughout this process and have told us they are looking forward to a better water supply," Mr Ludlow said.

The Curlewis Pipeline Project, funded by Gunnedah Shire Council along with a contribution of $2.6 million through the federal government's Building Better Regions Fund, connects Gunnedah's town water to the town of Curlewis, and has been designed to provide for an expanded population in the area. The project includes two new 500,000-litre concrete reservoirs.

Mr Ludlow said as well as the 260 households that would see an improvement in their household water over the next few weeks, another 10 would be added soon after, and the project could cater for twice as many residents if needed in the future.

"The project has come in under budget," he said.

He said while rock in the path of the pipeline had slowed the project a little, it had been important to get it right.

The pipeline is gravity-fed and will be a more cost-effective and reliable water supply for Curlewis.

ENDS

Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

Photo Caption: Image 1: Sod turning at the beginning of the Curlewis Pipeline project with Councillors and MP Mark Coulton, Image 2: Project in progress

We’d like to invite residents to attend the Official Opening and Open Day for the reservoir. Council Staff will be available to show you around the facility and answer any questions you may have.

Reservoir Official Opening and Open Day
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
10:30am for Official Opening ‐ Intersection of Hawthorne and Pike Street
11:00 am to 1:00pm for Open Day ‐ Reservoir, Preston Road