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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

More than $5.7 million for water savings projects in Maryborough

Media release
16 December 2010

Residents of Maryborough in southern Queensland will benefit from more than $5.7 million in Australian Government funding to help improve the security of their water supplies.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, today announced the funding - awarded to the Wide Bay Water Corporation to deliver their Proud Mary: Modernising Maryborough’s Water Systems project.

"This project has been funded through the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative and aims to save more than 500 million litres of drinking water per year," Senator Farrell said.

"Funding for projects such as this one will help communities prepare for a future with more variable water sources due to the effects of a changing climate.

This project involves an integrated suite of activities that will improve the efficiency of the community’s water supply system and improve security of water supply to Maryborough."

Wide Bay Water will achieve potable water savings of 539 million litres per year through water infrastructure improvements, including installing smart metering systems, replacing mains, establishing district metering and pressure management.

The smart meters will be installed at more than 9,000 properties in Maryborough. They will be able to be read using a receiver that picks up water usage information from the smart meter.

District metering isolates parts of the water distribution system, which assists in detecting leaks.

Pressure management will reduce the likelihood of water main breaks.

Work on the project has commenced and is scheduled for completion by June 2012.

Funding has been provided by the Australian Government’s National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program, which supports communities with fewer than 50,000 people by funding practical projects that save water and reduce water loss.

The National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program is part of the Federal Government’s comprehensive, long-term Water for the Future initiative.

For more information on Water for the Future visit