Avoca was issued a Do Not Consume Notice in November 2012 when heavy metals were detected in the town’s water supply. Under a new water supply strategy, Avoca’s drinking water will now be supplied from nearby Fingal.

To supply Avoca with fully treated water that meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, TasWater constructed a 29.3 kilometre pipeline between the towns. Construction was completed in the first half of 2017, and testing commenced shortly after.

Every effort was made to minimise the impact of this project on residents in Avoca and Fingal, and to the environment. All works are now completed, and after thorough water quality testing the Department of Health (DoH) lifted the Do Not Consume Notice for the town on the 11 July 2017.

The existing reservoir in Avoca will provide enough storage to meet peak demand while the pipeline from Fingal is designed to minimise the risk of damage or interruption to the water supply. It underwent a cleaning and maintenance program early in 2017, and with the successful design and construction of the pipeline as well as the cleaning of the reservoir, re-chlorination at Avoca is not required.

Mayor of the Northern Midland and TasWater’s Chief Owners’ Representative David Downie is delighted Avoca residents now have access to safe and reliable drinking water.

“The lifting of the Avoca Do Not Consume notice is an important step towards achieving the commitment to addressing water quality issues in 24 towns across Tasmania by August 2018 and is part of TasWater’s 24glasses program.”

As we roll out our 24glasses program, we encourage you to submit any questions you may have via the comments and questions here.

 Works Status
Fingal water treatment plantComplete
Fingal boil water alert liftedComplete
Fingal to Avoca pipeline constructionComplete
Avoca reservoir constructionComplete
Treated water reservoir constructionComplete
Water supplied to Avoca systemComplete
Water quality testingComplete
Do Not Consume Notice lifted11 July 2017

Avoca is a regional town located 81 kilometres south-east of Launceston,
and the fourth town delivered in our 24glasses program.