The Wy Yung water storage facility on the northern outskirts of Bairnsdale has a vital role to play in our largest water supply network – the Mitchell River system.
The facility supplies water to some 22,000 customers across the Bairnsdale area and a number of communities eastwards through to Nowa Nowa, including the larger commercial centres of Paynesville and Lakes Entrance. This water is fed from an 88 million litre covered storage basin on the site and also from a recently completed 36 million litre, enclosed water storage tank – made from reinforced concrete with a steel roof – brought into service to bolster drinking water supplies.
The new water storage tank
The aim of this project is to help maintain the security and reliability of the water supply to customers well into the future – taking into account the effects of climate change and population growth, and the increasing demands this will place on water services.
The main contractor
East Gippsland Water awarded the main contract for the project to Stirloch Constructions Pty Ltd. Valued at $12.05 million (incl. GST), this covers the partial demolition of an existing water storage basin, earthworks to prepare the foundations, access and drainage provisions, as well as construction of the reinforced concrete tank and steel roof.