Dam lot of water

Steven Burke

PROGRESS: The off-stream water storage at Freeburgh. PHOTO: North East Water

BRIGHT’S $14.3 million off-stream water storage is on track to be completed early next week.

But water may not start flowing from the Freeburgh storage into Bright, Porepunkah and Wandiligong homes until early next year.

Contractors have finished the clay liner of the 520 megalitre storage and are to complete rock beaching the embankment of the dam this week.

North East Water (NEW) project manager, David Larkin, said once the storage was completed, NEW could begin pumping water into it – possibly as early as mid next week.

He said the absolute maximum NEW could pump into the storage each day was nine megalitres, but its capacity to reach that maximum would be influenced by the flow of the Ovens River.

“It would take 50 odd days to fill it if we pumped the maximum amount each day,” he said.

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