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$117m pledge to secure city’s water

Thursday, 5th March, 2015

A “once-in-a-lifetime investment” in Broken Hill’s water supply is being promised by the NSW Government to provide a permanent solution and help drought-proof the region.

Today the NSW Water Minister, Kevin Humphries, will be in the city to announce that if the government is re-elected this month it will spent $117 million to fund works at the Menindee Lakes and investigate other options including running a pipeline from the Murray River.

Mr Humphries said access to emergency bore water, reactivating the reverse osmosis plant in the city and leasing filtration units to supplement supply would all be considered as short-term solutions to the problem.

“Among the options that will be examined to secure the city’s long-term water supply is a pipeline from the Murray River that will have the potential to deliver a permanent water supply,” he said.

The government had also reserved up to $380 million from Rebuilding NSW to deliver the best long-term outcome, Mr Humphries said.

“Unlike Labor, the NSW Liberals & Nationals will not allow Broken Hill to run out of water, and through this commitment we have secured both the short and long-term water supply of this great city.”

Deputy Premier Troy Grant said yesterday that the government wanted to solve the city’s water shortage problems once and for all.

“For more than 100 years the city of Broken Hill has faced problems with securing a long-term and reliable water supply,” Mr Grant said.

“Today the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has done what no other government could, and delivered a plan that will secure the future of the city’s water supply.

“This is an absolute game-changing investment and one that will ensure the 130-year-old city of Broken Hill will be prosperous, vibrant and sustainable well into the future.”

The $117 million, Mr Grant said, will fund preliminary works to find the best short-term water source for the city; deliver works for the city’s short-term water supply; and fund a business case to be delivered by the end of the year to investigate the most cost-effective and efficient solution to secure the city’s water supply.

Mr Humphries is due to announce the government’s plan at Stephens Creek reservoir at 11am.

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