CONSTRUCTION of the new Apex Road Reservoir is in its final stages.
Gunnedah Shire Council is pleased with the progress of the project with contractors set to install a roof over the new water storage facility next week.
The council’s acting director of infrastructure services Daniel Noble said nearby residents had been very supportive during construction.
“The project is progressing well and I am pleased with the level of support from the residents of Apex Road and the surrounding residential area,” Mr Noble said.
“During construction we have been very proactive in mitigating noise pollution.”
The new reservoir is set to help secure Gunnedah’s water supply for the next 50 years.
“The reservoir has been built to improve water security and capacity for future population growth,” Mr Noble said.
“All of the concrete construction is complete and the contractors are currently preparing the roof frame for the installation of the roof.
“The enduro green (light green) colour, chosen for the roof, will minimise any reflection affecting properties in the vicinity and blend into the natural environment.”
Mr Noble said stress testing of the new reservoir would be carried out in the coming days.
“The structural integrity of the reservoir tank will be tested for leaks following internal cleaning and disinfection of the tank,” he said.
“The hydrostatic test will be undertaken over five days similar to the testing recently undertaken at the Gunnedah Memorial Pool.
“Once the testing is complete, the building of a perimeter fence, an external staircase and the construction of a service road and the restoration of the park will begin.”
The project’s finishing touches are expected to be complete before the end of the year.
“Following all of the testing, the site will be fully restored,” Mr Noble said.
“The project is expected to be completed by mid-November 2018.”
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