Shire of Dumbleyung installs two big tanks as part of water storage improvements

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One of the two new firefighting tanks in the Shire of Dumbleyung.
Camera IconOne of the two new firefighting tanks in the Shire of Dumbleyung. Credit: Supplied/Shire of Dumbleyung

Dumbleyung residents will be better prepared for emergencies with two additions to the area’s firefighting and water storage capabilities.

Two 309kL water storage tanks have been installed in the Shire of Dumbleyung, one at the corner of Merilup and One Twenty Nine roads in Merilup and the other on Bahrs Road in Dumbleyung.

Both will be used as firefighting supply, while the Bahrs Road tank could also be used for community purposes.

Shire president Julie Ramm said the council hosted a community water forum in February last year which highlighted the need for increased water resources.

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“The shire has been working extremely hard over the last few years to increase its on-ground water capacity,” she said.

“These projects will greatly assist the shire in its ability to fight local bushfires, with both new tanks strategically positioned at key locations.”

State Government grant funding helped the council with the installation of the tanks.

In addition to the new tanks, a safety barrier has been installed around Sump Dam near the Dumbleyung Men’s Shed.

The council is now starting work on upgrading Old Horse Paddock Dam.

“This major water infrastructure project will result in the establishment of a new 3ha bitumen sealed roaded catchment plus upgrade works to the dam itself,” Ms Ramm said.

“This dam was an original point of water storage and collection for the Dumbleyung community in the past but will now be significantly refurbished in order to secure local water needs for the future.”

The dam project will be funded by the council and the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

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