New water mains targeted for Perth’s first reservoir

The WA Waste Minister has announced upgrades to replace water mains at the historic Kaarta Gar-up reservoir as part of a state-wide investment in renewing water infrastructure.

The McGowan Government has dedicated $7.7 million to upgrading and replacing water mains for Perth’s historic reservoir at Kaarta Gar-up (Mount Eliza) in Kings Park. 

The reservoir was constructed in 1891 as Perth’s first reservoir, supplying water to the CBD and western suburbs. 

Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the $7.7 million upgrade would be delivered by Water Corporation and will create 55 local jobs during construction phase.

“Mount Eliza Reservoir is an iconic part of Western Australia’s history, and has reliably supplied Perth households with drinking water for the past 130 years,” Minister Kelly said. 

“As we deal with the impacts of climate change and population growth in the Perth CBD and surrounding areas, it’s never been more important to make sure we have in place a reliable water supply for future generations.”

The Kaarta Gar-up reservoir upgrades are part of the McGowan Government’s $46 million investment to renew 150 km of water mains across the Perth metropolitan area. 

Works will involve replacing two ageing water pipe inlets, one of which is 94 years old, and the construction of a new regulating valve building, valve pit, and valve pit wall.

The project is expected to be complete by early-2022.

For more information visit the Water Corporation website. 

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