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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Senator Stephen Hutchins

Senator for New South Wales

New treatment plant secures Eurobodalla water supply

Media release
27 June 2011
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Eurobodalla Shire’s growing communities will have safe and secure water supply following the
opening of the new Northern Water Treatment Plant.

The Northern Water Treatment Plant now connects to the Moruya to Deep Creek Dam pipeline,
which was completed last year.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the
completion of the treatment plant means water pumped from Deep Creek Dam and Moruya River
will be treated to improve the quality of water supplied to the Eurobodalla region.

"The 30 kilometre pipeline allows water from the Moruya River to be pumped to Deep Creek Dam
during high flow periods, where it can be stored for later use to help the region manage periods of
low water availability," Senator Farrell said.

"Securing safe and reliable water supplies for urban communities is a key priority under the
Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative.

"Harvesting water in times of high flow also reduces the need to extract during periods of low river
flows, when these flows become more environmentally important."

Attending the official opening the new treatment plant today, New South Wales Senator Stephen
Hutchins said the completion of the project is an important step in achieving sustainable water
resource management for the Shire.

"The Northern Water Treatment Plant and Moruya to Deep Creek Dam pipeline means water can
now be harvested from the Moruya River much sooner than in the past, providing for the region’s
water supply to recover from any future drought in a shorter time than was previously possible,"
Senator Hutchins said.

"These important infrastructure projects provide for greater water security for the Eurobodalla
community."

The Australian Government, NSW Government and Eurobodalla Council jointly funded the
$50 million project, of which $15 million was provided by the Australian Government’s Water for
the Future
initiative through the Water Smart Australia program.