NAMBUCCA Shire is one step closer to ensuring its future water supply.
Last week councillors voted to engage engineers GHD to begin preparing designs for the shire's $53-million off-water storage dam, which is to be built on Bowra Creek, near Bowraville.
General manager, Michael Coulter, said the consultants would be preparing an environmental impact assessment and a concept design.
“They will also be providing concept designs for ancillary infrastructure such as the pipeline, the pumps and the expanded bore field,” Mr Coulter said.
“We expect this phase of the project to be completed by March or April next year.”
Much groundwork for the massive project has already been done.
The drilling and installation of water loggers has been completed, as has the hydraulic testing of the aquifers at the chosen site.
An information night for affected landowners has also been held with more to follow.
Director of engineering Bruce Redman said the water storage area would be about 5500 megalitres or around 2200 Olympic swimming pools.
“The project is very exciting - not many people get to build a dam,” Mr Redman said.
“Funding is by the council and also a Department of Water and Energy subsidy.
“The amount of that subsidy will, however, not be known until more costs have been established.”
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