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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Connecting Nelligen to safe and secure water supply

Construction of the Nelligen Water Supply and Sewerage Scheme is well underway, with work on the pipelines set to begin along Kings Highway this month.

The $25 million project will link the Nelligen village to existing water supply and sewerage systems in Batemans Bay.

Council’s water and sewer engineer Billy Alves said the project has been a long time coming and will benefit residents, visitors and the environment.

“The project will reduce the environmental impacts of existing on-site sewage management systems as well as improving the quality and reliability of drinking water for the Nelligen community,” Mr Alves said.

Mr Alves said work has been progressing well and the Nelligen community should have access to the drinking water supply and sewerage services by late 2024.

Leed Engineering and Construction is currently constructing two large concrete water reservoirs and were recently awarded the contract to build pump stations and pipelines required for the scheme.

“Over the next 12 months, water and sewer pipelines will be installed along the Kings Highway from Nelligen to Batemans Bay, and temporary speed reductions will be in place in some areas,” Mr Alves said.

The final phase of the project will involve contractors installing water and sewer mains throughout the Nelligen village, water and sewer connection points on 160 properties and a pressure sewer system on each developed property.

“The pressure sewer systems will replace existing on-site sewage management systems such as septic tanks, aerated wastewater treatment systems and pump-out systems,” Mr Alves said.

“A lot of properties don’t have suitable space or soil for on-site sewage disposal systems – which can be harmful to the environment. The pressure sewer systems will make a positive difference.”

With the new reservoirs and pipelines connecting the Nelligen village to Eurobodalla’s water supply, Mr Alves said the community will have peace of mind knowing they have access to quality water and more of it.

“The Nelligen community currently relies on tank water, with many properties not being able to collect and store sufficient rainwater during dry periods,” Mr Alves said.

“The new infrastructure has been designed to ensure there’s also enough water for firefighting purposes, even during times of peak holiday demand.”

“As we reach project milestones, we will keep the Nelligen community updated with regular letters on what to expect or whether there will be any disruptions.”

For more details visit the project page on Council’s website.

The NSW Government has provided $3.5 million through the Safe and Secure Water Program, with Eurobodalla Council funding the remaining required funds.

The NSW Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program has also contributed over $25 million towards the Southern Water Supply Storage project and $762,000 towards the Akolele Sewerage Scheme, being delivered in partnership with Council.

Above: Leed Engineering and Construction teams build a large concrete water reservoir at Nelligen.

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