Coun­cil pre­pares to dig deep to se­cure town’s wa­ter sup­ply

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

WESTERN Downs Re­gional Coun­cil has an­nounced that drilling for a bore to tap into the Great Arte­sian Basin in Dalby will be­gin early next year.

Fi­nal prepa­ra­tions are be­ing made for the $1 mil­lion project, an­nounced in this year’s bud­get.

The bore will be drilled near the Dalby wa­ter treat­ment plant along­side the Moonie High­way, where pre­vi­ously built in­fra­struc­ture is lo­cated.

Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil spokesman for util­i­ties, Coun­cil­lor Peter Sax­elby, said the project was about se­cur­ing Dalby’s fu­ture.

“Coun­cil wants a re­li­able and sus­tain­able wa­ter sup­ply for Dalby for many years to come,” Cr Sax­elby said.

“The new bore will at­tempt to tap into the Great Arte­sian Basin, which last hap­pened in Dalby in 1934 when the Eileen St bore was sunk.”

The Eileen St bore was aban­doned be­cause Dalby at the time had no way to treat the wa­ter.

The Great Arte­sian Basin is one of the world’s largest and deep­est ground­wa­ter re­sources and cov­ers al­most a quar­ter of Aus­tralia.

Since the con­struc­tion of the Eileen St bore an­other 14 have been drilled in the Dalby re­gion and ac­cord­ing Cr Sax­elby the new project will be the deep­est.

“Coun­cil con­trac­tors will drill 950 me­tres into the ground, which is sig­nif­i­cantly deeper than the bores in use at the Con­damine Al­lu­vium which have a depth of around 50-60 me­tres,” he said.

“Up­grades will also be re­quired to the Dalby wa­ter treat­ment plant to han­dle the new wa­ter sup­ply and set up Dalby for the fu­ture.”

Drilling on the new Dalby bore is sched­uled to be com­pleted by June 30.

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