Located in Tasmania’s north-east approximately 60 kilometres east of Launceston, Mathinna was established as a gold mining centre in the 1890s. At its peak more than 5,000 people lived in the town, making it the third largest in the state. The main mine, known as the New Golden Gate, was closed in 1929.

It is unclear when Mathinna’s water scheme was established, however TasWater records show the oldest pipes in the system were installed in 1975. Under the current scheme, raw (untreated) water is drawn from the South Esk River and pumped two kilometres to a storage facility. This untreated water is then supplied to TasWater’s approximately 120 customers. As the water is untreated, the town is under a long-standing Boil Water Alert (BWA).

The solution

To provide quality, treated drinking water to Mathinna’s residents, it was decided that a new water treatment plant (WTP) will be constructed at the town’s existing reservoir site. Raw water will be pumped from the South Esk River to the new WTP via the existing intake, pumping station and rising main. After treatment, the drinking water will then be stored in the existing service reservoir before being pumped to residents.



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

Most importantly, if you are a member of the Mathinna community, don’t hesitate to go to and look at the issues and options for the community.

Project awardCompleted 
Detailed design phaseStarted September 2017
Construction completedScheduled February 2018
TasWater commissioning and performance testingScheduled April 2018
DHHS testingScheduled August 2018
BWA removedScheduled August 2018

Mathinna is a regional town in Tasmania’s north-east, 63km east of Launceston,
and part of our 24glasses program.