TASWATER’S Bryn Estyn treatment plant near New Norfolk is struggling to keep up with Hobart’s increased demand for water as summer approaches.
Following a period of below-average period of winter rainfall across south-eastern Tasmania, both TasWater and Tasmanian Irrigation are preparing for what could be unprecedented pressure on the water system.
Farmers have been asked to reduce their usage from Bryn Estyn, which supplies water to the irrigation network as well as domestic supplies for New Norfolk and greater Hobart.
TasWater chief executive Michael Brewster said the Bryn Estyn plant was facing reduced capacity due to the need for enhanced water treatment to address taste and odour issues and the removal of pathogens for drinking water customers.
“TasWater is supportive of Tasmanian Irrigation and our farmers and is working collaboratively with all parties to find alternative sources of water, including recycled water which is used to capacity throughout the Coal River Valley,” Mr Brewster said.
“TasWater will continue to work to meet our commitment to irrigators without compromising the supply of drinking water to our Hobart customers. Through our water conservation messages, TasWater in conjunction with the State Government is promoting the efficient use of water and reminds all Tasmanians, one of the best ways to increase the amount of water available is to be careful and not waste it,” he said.
TasWater is in the process of upgrading the Bryn Estyn plant to increase its capacity, which should be completed early in 2023.