Located approximately 60 kilometres south-east of Launceston, Rossarden was established in 1931 to house workers at the Aberfoyle and Wolfram tin mines. Water was first supplied to the town in 1954 when the Fingal Council struck an agreement with Aberfoyle Tin Mining Company.

The current system diverts raw water from Aberfoyle Creek to a storage facility north of the town before being pumped to TasWater’s approximately 100 customers. Because the water is untreated, Rossarden was historically under a Permanent Boil Water Alert (BWA). However after lead was detected in the supply, it was subsequently upgraded to a Do Not Consume (DNC) alert in December 2014.

The solution

After careful consideration, it was concluded that a new water treatment plant (WTP) will be built to supply Rossarden’s residents with water that meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Raw water from Aberfoyle Creek will gravitate to the new WTP via a newly constructed 3.4 kilometre pipeline. Once treated, the drinking water will be stored in a new service reservoir before being pumped to Rossarden’s residents via the existing water pipe system. The existing service reservoir, pumping station and rising main will be retained and used for firefighting purposes only.



If you are a Rossarden resident, don’t hesitate to go to and look at the issues and options for your community.

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

Rossarden is a town in central Tasmania, located 19 km from Avoca and within sight of Ben Lomond.
Rossarden is part of our 24glasses program.