24 Glasses - The Regional Towns Water Supply Program

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TasWater has kept its promise to 24 regional towns around Tasmania, to ensure their drinking water is clean and safe to drink.

  • As of August 2018, 100 per cent of TasWater's customers can enjoy a glass of water, safe from the tap.
  • Over two years, the project team built 17 water treatment plants, installed four water transfer pipelines, cleaned and upgraded water mains and reticulation networks, and installed tank systems where it was the community preference.
  • Since water reforms occurred in 2009, 48 Public Health Alerts have been removed from water supplies throughout Tasmania.

To learn more, visit the 24 Glasses home page.

Background

For many years prior to TasWater’s formation, many Tasmanian regional towns experienced ongoing issues with their water quality. These included high levels of bacterial contamination, heavy metal contamination and increased sediment following rainfall. Fixing these issues was complicated by the remoteness of some towns, their small populations, their ageing pipeline networks and the seasonal availability of water.

When TasWater was formed in 2013, 94 per cent of water supply systems in Tasmania complied with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Systems deemed non-compliant were under Public Health Alerts from Tasmania’s Department of Health and Human Services.

In August 2016, TasWater announced an ambitious multi-million dollar plan to remove all Public Health Alerts from water supplies in regional towns throughout Tasmania, giving itself two years to provide all customers with safe, reliable drinking water.

TasWater has kept its promise to 24 regional towns around Tasmania, to ensure their drinking water is clean and safe to drink.

  • As of August 2018, 100 per cent of TasWater's customers can enjoy a glass of water, safe from the tap.
  • Over two years, the project team built 17 water treatment plants, installed four water transfer pipelines, cleaned and upgraded water mains and reticulation networks, and installed tank systems where it was the community preference.
  • Since water reforms occurred in 2009, 48 Public Health Alerts have been removed from water supplies throughout Tasmania.

To learn more, visit the 24 Glasses home page.

Background

For many years prior to TasWater’s formation, many Tasmanian regional towns experienced ongoing issues with their water quality. These included high levels of bacterial contamination, heavy metal contamination and increased sediment following rainfall. Fixing these issues was complicated by the remoteness of some towns, their small populations, their ageing pipeline networks and the seasonal availability of water.

When TasWater was formed in 2013, 94 per cent of water supply systems in Tasmania complied with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Systems deemed non-compliant were under Public Health Alerts from Tasmania’s Department of Health and Human Services.

In August 2016, TasWater announced an ambitious multi-million dollar plan to remove all Public Health Alerts from water supplies in regional towns throughout Tasmania, giving itself two years to provide all customers with safe, reliable drinking water.