Project Update - August 2018
Investigation works will soon be occurring on the proposed site of the temporary desalination plant at Belmont, on Hunter Water land, next to the Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) including the dunes and down to the water’s edge. Hunter Water is planning to drill bore holes and undertake geotechnical surveys to investigate subsurface conditions. Environmental investigations will also be undertaken as well as reviewing existing power and water connections.
This work will commence in August and will be undertaken by Hunter Water’s contractor GHD. Given the significance of this project, testing will be ongoing over the next eight to ten months as we prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Department of Planning & Environment.
During the work you may notice the drilling rig and vehicles onsite, however the work should not result in excessive dust or noise. An important aim of all Hunter Water projects is to minimise any inconvenience to the community, businesses and customers.
Hunter Water will not be restricting access to Nine Mile Beach. The work on Nine Mile Beach is expected to take place over a four day period, on weekdays, between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Beach users will need to take appropriate care and are asked to stay clear of testing sites. All sites will be clearly sign posted and bore holes will be protected by screens to prevent damage.
The site plan below shows the current planned location of test sites including the sand dunes.
Hunter Water is committed to open, ongoing engagement with the community about plans for the temporary desalination plant and our drought response measures. Our Your Voice webpage is an opportunity for members of our community to give Hunter Water feedback on plans for the temporary desalination plant as we go through the planning stages. To sign up to Your Voice, and receive project updates, visit https://yourvoice.hunterwater.com.au/register.
Questions or Comments?
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