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.

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In the past, Rossarden’s water system diverted 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 was untreated Rossarden was subject to a long standing 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, TasWater built a new water treatment plant (WTP) to supply Rossarden’s residents with water that meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Raw water from Aberfoyle Creek gravitates to the new WTP via a newly constructed 3.4 kilometre pipeline. Once treated, the drinking water is then stored in a new service reservoir ahead of being pumped to Rossarden’s residents via the existing water pipe system. The existing service reservoir, pumping station and rising main have been retained for firefighting purposes only. The Department of Health removed Rossarden’s DNC on 3 August, 2018.


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 phaseCompleted
Construction completedCompleted
TasWater commissioning and performance testingCompleted
DoH testingCompleted
DNC removed3 August, 2018

Rossarden is a town in central Tasmania, located 19 km from Avoca and within sight of Ben Lomond, and
the 21st town completed in our 24glasses program.