6 June 2023

Infrastructure boost for Nelligen residents in pipeline as water project progresses

| Claire Sams
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Leed Engineering and Construction teams are building a large concrete water reservoir at Nelligen. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

A project to ensure Nelligen’s water security is moving to its next stage.

Leed Engineering and Construction is building two large concrete water reservoirs and was recently awarded the contract to install pump stations and pipelines required for the $25 million Nelligen Water Supply and Sewerage Scheme.

Work on the pipelines is to begin along the Kings Highway this month.

The project will connect Nelligen to existing water supply and sewerage systems in Batemans Bay.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s water and sewer engineer Billy Alves said the scheme would increase water security for residents.

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“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.”

Once completed, the water would supply 160 village properties, according to the council’s website.

“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.

He said the project would benefit the environment as well as residents and visitors.

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

Nelligen residents should be able to access the connected services by late 2024, he 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.

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“The pressure sewer systems will make a positive difference.”

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

“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,” Mr Alves said.

Further information can be found on Eurobodalla Shire Council’s website.

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