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Lakes safe, says Minister

Friday, 6th February, 2015

By Emily Roberts

The State Government has made a commitment to Menindee Lakes and the securing of water for the township.

A Community Consultative Committee meeting was held in the city yesterday.

A spokesman for Water NSW, Tony Webber, said the meeting was “quite good”.

“It was the second one held as part of the committee and we were joined by NSW Minister for Water Kevin Humphries,” Mr Webber said.

“We gave the meeting an overview of the situation.”

Mr Webber said Minister Humphries also cleared up some issues.

“Minister Humphries said there was a misconception that the Lakes would be de-commissioned,” he said.

“He gave a water tight guarantee that nothing was further from the truth.

“He said the top priority was securing a water supply for the Broken Hill community and surrounding areas.”

The NSW Office of Water is undertaking a ground water investigation as part of works to secure Broken Hill’s water supply during periods when there is insufficient water available in the Menindee Lakes system to meet the city’s requirements.

Five additional test production bores are also proposed to be drilled and constructed over the next couple of months.

“We are awaiting the test results as part of the bore drilling,” Mr Webber said.

“We will also wait for results from the ground water investigation.”

Mr Webber said they would be looking for water quality, flow rate and water quantity.

“Recent rain events have also provided an additional six gigalitres of water into the urban water storages which will add two or three months to the water supply.”

The next Community Consultative Committee meeting will be held on March 5.

“We are consulting pretty widely, we are trying to get the message out there that inferior water will not be used for consumption,” Mr Webber said.

“Australian drinking water guidelines must be followed and overseen by NSW Health authorities.”

The next project information sessions will be held at Pooncarie on February 17 at 1.30pm, Menindee on February 18 at 9.30am and Broken Hill on February 18 at 5.30pm.

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