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Margate Water Pipeline Project

About the Project

TasWater is investing $13 million in the Margate Water Pipeline Project to ensure the water supply continues to meet the needs of customers in Blackmans Bay and Margate, now and in the future.

The water pipeline follows an existing supply line that feeds water to Margate from the Ridgway Dam on the slopes of Mount Wellington via the Brown Hill reservoir.

The project has been split into three stages based on geographic features and current land usage.

Stage One – Gilben Glebe Valve Pits (Kingston) to Howden Road (Complete)

Stage Two – From Howden Road to the Margate Valve Pits near Sandfly Road
(Currently under construction)

Stage Three – From the Margate Valve Pits to the Margate Reservoir (Complete)

The pipeline is designed to ensure there is enough water supply to meet the needs of the increasing population in the area and ensure supply during peak summer periods, when at times it has been severely tested. This new pipeline will not only meet the demands of new housing and business development but also offer the community greater water security in the case of damage to either of the pipelines.

The pipeline’s design also enables the potential for further extension of the water supply to Conningham and Kettering.

UPDATE: November 2017

Stage one of the Margate water pipeline from Kingston to Howden is complete and we are now preparing to switch over from the existing infrastructure to the new pipeline. This is scheduled to occur in December 2017.

How will people in the area be affected by the switch over?

  • There will be no interruption to water supply
  • Residents are unlikely to notice any difference from the current supply to that delivered through the new infrastructure. For example there will be no change to water pressure

We are now working on construction of stage two of the Margate Water Pipeline which will address local water supply issues caused by seasonal dry weather and population growth in Kingborough including Blackmans Bay, Margate and Snug.

Once the final stage is operational, and the water supply meets the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) approval, residents in Kingborough will be notified that work is complete.
This is likely to be in mid-2018 - subject to any unforeseen delays.

About the Project

TasWater is investing $13 million in the Margate Water Pipeline Project to ensure the water supply continues to meet the needs of customers in Blackmans Bay and Margate, now and in the future.

The water pipeline follows an existing supply line that feeds water to Margate from the Ridgway Dam on the slopes of Mount Wellington via the Brown Hill reservoir.

The project has been split into three stages based on geographic features and current land usage.

Stage One – Gilben Glebe Valve Pits (Kingston) to Howden Road (Complete)

Stage Two – From Howden Road to the Margate Valve Pits near Sandfly Road
(Currently under construction)

Stage Three – From the Margate Valve Pits to the Margate Reservoir (Complete)

The pipeline is designed to ensure there is enough water supply to meet the needs of the increasing population in the area and ensure supply during peak summer periods, when at times it has been severely tested. This new pipeline will not only meet the demands of new housing and business development but also offer the community greater water security in the case of damage to either of the pipelines.

The pipeline’s design also enables the potential for further extension of the water supply to Conningham and Kettering.

UPDATE: November 2017

Stage one of the Margate water pipeline from Kingston to Howden is complete and we are now preparing to switch over from the existing infrastructure to the new pipeline. This is scheduled to occur in December 2017.

How will people in the area be affected by the switch over?

  • There will be no interruption to water supply
  • Residents are unlikely to notice any difference from the current supply to that delivered through the new infrastructure. For example there will be no change to water pressure

We are now working on construction of stage two of the Margate Water Pipeline which will address local water supply issues caused by seasonal dry weather and population growth in Kingborough including Blackmans Bay, Margate and Snug.

Once the final stage is operational, and the water supply meets the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) approval, residents in Kingborough will be notified that work is complete.
This is likely to be in mid-2018 - subject to any unforeseen delays.