The Brookvale community gathered yesterday to celebrate the progress of the $70 million Northern Beaches Storage Project.
Sydney Water Managing Director, Kevin Young, said over 100 people took a tour of the site and enjoyed a bbq lunch with Sydney Water staff and the Sewerfix Wet Weather Alliance.
“It was great to see so many community members interested in and supporting the project,” Mr Young said.
“Since September last year the foundations for the above ground storage tank and belowground pumping station have been laid, and over 160 metres of belowground pipe has been installed.
“The foundations of the tank were a major undertaking. More than 150 concrete piles were drilled into the ground and these have been anchored to rock about 30 metres below ground. The tank will be 40 m wide and 60 m long, and these piles will give the tank a stable foundation.
“The concrete base of the tank has been poured and we have started building the 11 metre high walls and columns for the tank. The tank façade has been sensitively designed in keeping with the local area and will feature recycled bricks and flat panels,” Mr Young said.
Once built, the 18 million litre aboveground storage tank will temporarily store excess wastewater diverted from the Narrabeen submain during wet weather. When the rain has stopped, the wastewater will be released back into the system, where it will be treated at the North Head Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“The $70 million project is a significant investment towards reducing the frequency of wastewater overflows into local waterways during heavy rain.
“This is a major project for Sydney Water and the local area and we appreciate the patience and support of the local community and businesses,” Mr Young said.
The project is currently on track to be finished by mid-2013. It is part of Sydney Water’s SewerFix Program to improve the wastewater system and protect public health and the environment. It is being built by the SewerFix Wet Weather Alliance, a partnership between Sydney Water, Manidis Roberts, MWH, Parsons Brinckerhoff and United Group Infrastructure.
Further information on the project is available on the Sydney Water website at sydneywater.com.au under ‘Major Projects’.
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