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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Senator Ursula Stephens

Senator for New South Wales

Drought proofing Tumbarumba

Media release
24 January 2012

Tumbarumba residents will enjoy an increased supply of high-quality drinking water with a $4 million upgrade to the shire's water treatment plant.

Officially opening the plant today, New South Wales Senator Ursula Stephens said the upgrade will improve the security of Tumbarumba's supply of high-quality drinking water well into the future.

"With this new infrastructure, the plant will now be able to process an extra one million litres a day," Senator Stephens said.

"The plant's capacity will increase from an existing two million litres a day to three million litres a day."

The water treatment plant's expanded capacity enables water from Tumbarumba Creek to be used to augment the current water supply from Burra Creek.

The project has increased the water supply available to Tumbarumba, without the need to enlarge the Tumbarumba reservoir.

Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, said the Australian Government had invested $2 million in the project.

"Tumbarumba's plant is now one of Australia's most advanced water treatment facilities," Senator Farrell said.

"The upgrade is one of many urban water projects receiving direct funding support through the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.

"The Australian Government is investing more than $1.5 billion in a diverse range of water projects located in towns and cities across the nation through the Water for the Future initiative."