Huon Valley Regional Water Scheme


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

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Huon Valley, Tasmania

Total funding: Total project costs of $30 million, with funding of $12 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns (NWSPCT) and the remaining funding provided by Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporation (Southern Region).

About the project

This project aims to provide a reliable treated drinking water to the Geeveston, Cygnet and Glen Huon areas through a new piped supply from the Huon River via the upgraded Huonville Water Treatment Plant. The project will also upgrade supply to the Huonville, Ranelagh and Franklin areas. The project includes the laying of 50 kilometres of pipe and construction of associated town water tanks and reservoirs. The project will lead to a decreased reliance on multiple water sources by obtaining water from a single sustainable and reliable water supply from the Huon River near Huonville.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • extend potable water to all main population centres including Franklin, Castle Forbes Bay, Geeveston and Cygnet,
  • enhance water quality in these areas to meet Australian Drinking Water Guidelines,
  • increase the reliability of water to homes and businesses in the region, and
  • improve environmental outcomes by returning one billion litres of environmental flows to stressed catchment areas and degraded rivulets and creeks.


The project commenced on 16 December 2009 and is scheduled for completion by the 30 June 2012.