Merewether water tank demolition and communications tower

Hunter Water is planning to demolish the ageing water tank off Hickson Street, Merewether and construct a new communications tower in its place over the coming months.

Water tank demolition

We recently removed the circa 1955 water tank on Hunter Water owned land off Hickson Street, Merewether, at the entrance to Hickson Street Lookout. This work was part of a project to reduce ongoing maintenance requirements, operational safety and improve reliability of water supply to our customers.

Thanks to the recent operational changes we've made within the water network, the tank became redundant and was able to be decommissioned without impacting current water pressure or supply to our customers.

Communications tower

Now that the tank has been removed, we will soon construct a new communications tower in its place. The radio antennas and communication dish that were installed on the tank will be relocated to the new tower to ensure continued operation. This equipment provides communications coverage essential for monitoring and controlling our water and wastewater networks.

The tower consists of a 23-metre tall concrete pole plus head-frame arrangement to mount the antennas. The tower will be constructed on the same footprint as the water tank. The design is based on extensive investigations, including consideration of site constraints and constructability. It also considers feedback we received from adjoining landholders during our consultation.

The temporary timber pole installed on site will be removed when work finishes.

The tower height will allow for a new 30cm diameter communication dish to be installed to improve communications for Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works. This work would be completed as part of a separate project.

View the environmental assessment and design documents placed on public exhibition

Project timeline

Due to delays in the material supply chain for the new concrete pole, the demolition of the water tank was deferred by about six weeks.

Below is an approximate timeline of the project works:

  1. March 2022: Installation of temporary timber pole prior to demolition commencing
  2. April 2022: Water tank demolition commences
  3. May/June 2022: Construction of the new communications tower starts

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