Central Coast Council has marked an exciting moment for the future of the Central Coast’s water supply, as the first pipes are laid to mark the start of construction of the Mardi to Warnervale pipeline.
Mayor Matthews said the 9km pipeline project is incredibly significant for our Coast as it will provide water to the expanding northern growth corridor and enhance the water supply network for the entire region.
“Council is investing over $61million in this pipeline project, making it one of the largest single investments in the future security of our region’s water supply and a project we can be very proud of," Mayor Matthews said.
Council Director of Water and Sewer, Jamie Loader said managing our valuable water supply is a key priority for Council and this project is a prime example of how we are delivering essential infrastructure for the people of the Central Coast.
“Recent conditions including extreme weather events and water restrictions that have faced our community and indeed communities across our state and nation, bring into sharp focus how important water security and water resilience is for everyone,” Mr Loader said.
“The Mardi to Warnervale Pipeline will ensure a stable long-term water supply to new and growing areas in the north of the region to support anticipated levels of growth and development we need to deliver as part of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036.
“In addition, we will see an enhancement in bulk water transfers between ourselves and the Hunter which enables better planning for future water resourcing for both regions."
The complex project has been developed over the past six years including close and ongoing consultation with the community to ensure we understand and manage the impacts of this project during the construction and commissioning phases.
“Extensive investigations, design and planning have been undertaken to ensure the construction is delivered using the best technology available, including innovative trenchless construction techniques that will ensure sensitive environmental areas are protected,” Mr Loader said.
“During the current COVID-19 crisis, our construction and field services crews continue to deliver essential services to the community. If you see our crews out and about undertaking construction work, please remain outside the construction area to ensure your safety and the safety of the crew.”
The Mardi to Warnervale Pipeline project will be delivered by joint venture partners Spiecapag and Seymour Whyte and is expected to be commissioned in 2021.
Central Coast Council Media Release - 8 May 2020