A large tank being constructed at the entrance to the Tenterfield Dam and Water Treatment Plant site over the past few days is set to fulfill a number of uses.
Southern Cross Tanks installed the tank for Tenterfield Shire Council, completing works last Friday.
Council said in a statement that the new tank is part of council's ongoing emergency water supply preparations, which will continue into the future even though the dam remains at 100 per cent capacity.
During the August 2019 fire the water filtration plant sustained some fire damage to the sludge holding pond. The new tank will function as a temporary holding tank to enable replacement of the liner in the damaged pond.
Following these works, the new tank will re-purposed either for bore water storage or as a holding tank for waste water from the reverse osmosis plant which has been commissioned to process bore water.
The new tank has a capacity of 620 kilolitres and cost $106,050 including installation. Funding for the tank was obtained through the NSW Government Critical Drought Initiative Package.
Mayor Petty reassured the community that council will not cease the planned works to ensure an emergency water supply for Tenterfield into future decades.
"We don't know what Mother Nature may throw at us, but this time we will be prepared and our residents can be confident that there will always be potable water available," he said.