Western Australia Minister for Water Graham Jacobs
Minister Announces New Source To Secure Water For Halls Creek
Victor P Taffa
Water Minister Graham Jacobs today announced the Water Corporation had identified new sources of drinking water for Halls Creek, allowing up to 300 new services to be built in the town.
Speaking from Broome, Dr. Jacobs said a nine-month drilling and pump testing program had identified five new bore sites about 6 Km east of Halls Creek that could be established as water production bores. He said a further two bore sites identified in earlier drilling two years ago, had become viable as production bores because of their close proximity to the five new sites.
“This is very good news for Halls Creek, particularly because of the difficulty that has been experienced in finding a new water source.” the Minister said.
“The nearly completed drilling program has demonstrated the total additional capacity provided by these seven new bores will be about 1,190 cubic metres of water a day.”
“The significance of this is that a daily flow rate of that size would allow for about 250-300 new services in Halls Creek on top of the 470 supplied through the existing borefields.”
Dr. Jacobs said the State Government through the Water Corporation would quickly move ahead with the project, which is about 2 Km from the existing water supply network.
“Now we know there is a new supply, we are beginning to review planning for this project and to identify opportunities to accelerate the detailed design and construction period.” the Minister said.
“The program schedule is to finalise detailed design for the new source in the next few months with a view to awarding contracts for construction to begin in the 2011-12 financial year.”
The Minister said the Water Corporation would keep the Halls Creek community up-to- date on developments as further information became available.