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7 June 2010
Eurobodalla Shire Council will receive more than $264,000 of Australian Government funding to implement water saving initiatives throughout the region.
Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly today announced funding of $264,586 for a series of water saving initiatives under the Water for the Future’s, National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program.
“These initiatives will improve urban water security by reducing the demand on potable water supplies, with estimated combined water savings of 75 megalitres a year,” Dr Kelly said.
“The Australian Government’s National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns provides support to cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 people to upgrade older pipes and water systems, to install new infrastructure and for practical projects to save water and reduce water losses.
Initiatives will be implemented throughout the Eurobodalla Shire with a focus on the region’s largest water users. Detailed water audits and a walk through assessment of how potable water is being used on each site will be provided to these and other water users.
A customised water savings report, and rebates of up to $15,000, will then be available to implement any of the identified water saving recommendations.
“Combined, these initiatives will result in significant water savings for the local community, whilst ensuring that local water-intensive businesses are provided with the support and information they need to adapt to a less rainfall-dependent climate,” Dr Kelly said.
“These initiatives are an example of how the Australian Government and local communities are taking a proactive approach to securing urban water supplies.”
Further successful funding recipients in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia will be announced in the coming days.
For more information on Water for the Future visit www.environment.gov.au/water