Malpas pipeline in testing phase

21st Aug 2019
Janelle Stewart

Construction work on the Malpas Dam to Guyra pipeline is almost complete, with testing now being conducted. Early tests have uncovered a few teething problems which Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said was to be expected.
“There is air getting into the system and we are trying to work out where it is getting in,” Cr Murray said.
“There is also still some electrical work to be completed with the mains supply to both the pumping station and the carbon activated filters at the depot still not connected.”
Generators are being used during the testing phase and a switch on date is still uncertain.
“We are pumping water on and off while we find out just where the air’s getting in,” he said.
“The tankers are still running every day and will continue until everything is finalised and the mains power is installed.”
Cr Murray also praised the Guyra community for their efforts to cut back on water usage.
“Guyra has responded really well and water use is down around 35%, compared to Armidale where we are having more trouble getting the message through,” he said. “They have only cut back by around 10% so we have more work to do there.”
When the pipeline is switched on he expects water restrictions in Guyra to revert to level 4, however this will only be temporary if substantial rain is not received.