Minister Opens New 80 Million Litre Water Tank In Ellenbrook

Minister Opens New 80 Million Litre Water Tank In Ellenbrook

Western Australia Minister for Water Dave Kelly

State Government’s Biggest Water Tank Comes Online In Ellenbrook

Victor P Taffa

  • 80 Million litre Tank will cater for growth in the north-east metropolitan corridor
  • Will provide a more consistent water pressure for Ellenbrook residents

Water Minister Dave Kelly today opened a new 80 Million litre water tank in Ellenbrook, the largest tank ever to be built by State Government through the Water Corporation.

“New tank will improve the water supply to Ellenbrook and the rapidly growing north-east metropolitan corridor.” Minister for Water Dave Kelly said.

“Tank is an impressive 91 metres in diameter, 13 metres high and with an 80 Million litre capacity, holds enough water fill more than 35 Olympic-sized swimming pools.”

Water Tank is important new infrastructure for the growing north-east metropolitan corridor and will provide a more consistent water pressure for the Ellenbrook community.

Located just off Gnangara Road, the State Government project employed 235 Western Australian workers to carry out off-site fabrication work and construct the new tank.

Work included taking 1,300 cubic metres of concrete to lay the base of the 91 metre diameter tank, placing a total of 80, 2.9 metre-wide pre-made concrete panels, 13 concrete columns weighing in at 7.5 tonnes each, and the installation of the massive roof.

Panels and columns were locally made and transported from companies in Hazelmere and Ascot and the roof was made in a precast facility in Capel in the State’s south-west.

Around 6 km of water main was constructed out to Gnangara Road, connecting the tank to the Integrated Water Supply Scheme. Last week the Minister opened the main valve on the tank, allowing water to flow into the scheme for the first time.

“Throughout the election, Ellenbrook locals shared their stories with me about how they would lose all of their water pressure during peak usage periods.” Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said.

“This is because the infrastructure in the area was only designed to service a couple of thousand properties; we’re now closer to 15,000 homes.”

State Government plans to build 2 more tanks at the site over the next 40 years, which will occur in stages as the population grows.