Lake prep goes swimmingly

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Lake prep goes swimmingly

The final stages of re-commissioning the Millicent Swimming Lake are under way and the official opening day is scheduled for Saturday in readines for school holiday swimmers.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a maximum temperature of 21 degrees on Saturday.

Temporary repair works at the Millicent Swimming Lake are complete and Wattle Range Council staff have almost finished filling it with water.

Whilst the lake may appear full and ready to use in the coming days, council staff have to ensure the water quality is safe for swimmers.

The chlorination and filtration systems have to be operational and the water tested.

The ‘Lake Closed”’ signs will be removed as soon as the facility is open to the public.

Engineering services director Peter Halton said it had been a team effort to get the lake open again.

It was only a few weeks ago that council had stated it was highly unlikely there would be any swimming on account of massive leakage.

Meanwhile, American know-how has been enlisted as the Wattle Range Council looks to undertake a major concrete reconstruction of its Millicent swimming lake.

Staff have reported to the council this week that its employees have repaired the existing bitumen lake floor and restored the concrete path on the perimeter wall after a geotechnical investigation.

“We have repaired the potential leaks as in previous years in preparation for the upcoming school holidays,” stated the staff report.

“The bore pipe supply line has been improved and three non-return valves have been installed into the supply lines to ensure the lake will not siphon itself.

“‘Aquatic engineers, FMG Engineering has almost completed the design for the chlorination delivery system.

“It is being independently reviewed by a third-party company in the USA because of unusual nature of the asset.

“FMG has also completed the preliminary calculations for the filter and pump sizing and preliminary design for the grading of the lake floor.

“We are on track to review concept plans early December and go to tender in January.”

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