BATHURST Regional Council’s $5 million Manganese Removal Project at the Water Filtration Plant has been completed and will be officially commissioned today.
Mayor Gary Rush said the project would result in improved water quality for the city’s residents.
“The project is the biggest capital works program at the plant in 20 years and is designed to remove the manganese at the Water Filtration Plant before the water is released into the network,” he said.
“This initiative has been four years in the making and construction officially started on-site one year ago, during Local Government Week.
“We have installed state-of-the art technology to treat the city’s naturally manganese-rich water supply and prevent further manganese from entering the water network.”
Local engineering firm Eodo Pty Ltd completed the work on behalf of council.
“The commissioning ceremony is a celebration of the completion of the project, as well as the local expertise that has designed and constructed this state of the art facility,” Cr Rush said.
“With the completion of the work, council will continue to flush the water supply network to remove manganese that has previously been deposited on the walls of the water pipes.
“It will take some time to completely remove the built-up deposits of manganese that still exist in the water pipes but we will continue to work with the community as the flushing program continues.
“As this work continues, we ask residents to continue to report any instances of dirty water so we can address them as they arise.”