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Chimney Saddle WTP upgrades complete

The Chimney Saddle Water Treatment Plant (WTP) works were delivered under budget and ahead of schedule.

TasWater has completed works on the Chimney Saddle WTP upgrade five weeks ahead of schedule. 

The company added that the project was also delivered notably under budget. 

Upgrades to the WTP began in August, intended to achieve a more reliable service for customers from Tasmania’s Kings Meadows through to George Town.

The WTP is on Blessington Road in White Hills and has the capacity to produce 32 million litres of water a day to customers, equivalent to almost 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools. 

The TasWater Capital Delivery Office senior project manager Amanda Allen said the clarifier at the plant – a crucial part of the water treatment process – was in need of replacement. 

“The clarifier at Chimney Saddle helps filter out sediment and particles in the water during treatment and removes discolouration,” Allen said in a statement back in August. 

The WTP was constructed in 1976, and the clarifier required an upgrade to ensure the plant could continue to operate effectively. 

“We are upgrading this part so we can continue to provide treated, high quality drinking water to our customers in this part of Launceston for many years to come.” 

TasWater needed to remove and replace underwater plates and pipes, for which the company contracted specialist divers from Tasmania Divers Group. 

This update follows TasWater’s recent announcement that it has commenced works on its fourth WTP project in Devonport to help future proof reliable water supply for its customers. 

A spokesperson for TasWater congratulated everyone involved for their effective and efficient service. 

“Congratulations to all involved on this outstanding achievement that improves water quality for our customers in the area.” 

For more information visit the TasWater website. 

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