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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Launch of the Water Metering Tasmania project

Media release
13 December 2010
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More than 8 billion litres of drinking water each year is expected to be saved through the Water Metering Tasmania project, which was launched today in Hobart.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the Gillard Government was providing $10 million in funding to Tasmania’s three water corporations to install water meters to unmetered properties and upgrade meters that do not meet required standards.

“Water meters will reduce water losses through improved detection and repair of leaks, in both household and supply systems, and will enable consumers to make informed choices to better manage their water usage,” Senator Farrell said at the launch today.

“The Gillard Government is committed to helping secure the future water supplies of Australia’s cities and towns, in response to the challenges associated with continued urban growth and the impacts of a changing climate.

” The Water Metering Tasmania project demonstrates a commitment towards more efficient, equitable and sustainable use of its water resources within Tasmania, by generating potable water savings of approximately 8.7 billion litres of potable water per year.

The project is scheduled to be completed by June 2012, with an estimated 100,000 properties across Tasmania to be involved in the roll out of the new water meters.

The $10 million of funding will be provided to Tasmania’s three water corporations through the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns, a key component of the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative.

The Southern Water Corporation has been allocated $5 million to assist with rolling out the project, with $2.5 million each going to Ben Lomond Water Corporation and Cradle Mountain Water Corporation.

Further funding is being provided by the Water Corporations and the Tasmanian Government.

The Water Metering Tasmania project is one of four projects in the state receiving a total of more than $33 million in Gillard Government funding under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns, including $12 million to the Huon Valley Regional Water Scheme, more than $10.5 million towards the Derwent Estuary Recycling and Irrigation System and more than $1 million for the Kingborough Sports Precinct Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Project.

For more information please visit www.environment.gov.au/water