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10 November 2009
Today construction begins on the new potable water treatment facility adjacent to Denhams Beach Reservoir as part of a plan to improve water quality for residents in the Eurobodalla Shire.
Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Dr Mike Kelly turned the first sod at the construction site of the new treatment facility. The treatment facility is part of the Eurobodalla Pipeline and Water Treatment Facilities Project that the Australian Government has contributed $15 million to under the Water Smart Australia program.
“This facility will treat 20 million litres of water per day from Deep Creek Dam for potable use, with provisions to upgrade to 30 million litres per day in the future,” Dr Kelly said.
“The pipeline will enable water harvested during periods of high river flow to be transported to Deep Creek Dam where it will be stored for later use.”
“By harvesting water in times of high flow the pipeline and the new treatment facility will enhance the areas ability to manage the impacts of drought while improving the quality of water supplied to the Eurobodalla”
Funding of the $50 million Eurobodalla Pipeline and Water Treatment Facilities Project is being jointly undertaken by the Australian Government, NSW Government and Eurobodalla Council.
Of the $15 million contributed under the Water Smart Australia program, $10 million has been paid for the 29km pipeline project and $5 million will be paid for the new water treatment facility.
The first stage of the project, the 29 km pipeline to Deep Creek Dam has been completed. The new potable water treatment facility adjacent to Denhams Beach Reservoir is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2010.
“Securing urban water supplies is a key priority under the Australian Government’s $12.9 billion Water for the Future initiative,” Dr Kelly said.
The Water Smart Australia program is part of the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative and aims to accelerate the development and uptake of smart technologies and practices in water use across Australia.