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29 June 2010
Residents in the Eurobodalla Shire will benefit from improved water security following the opening of the Moruya to Deep Creek Dam Pipeline, Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Dr Mike Kelly announced today.
Officially opening the project's 30 kilometre pipeline, Dr Kelly said this project contributes to securing water supplies for communities in the Eurobodalla Shire and is an important step in the Shire achieving sustainable water resource management.
"The project has the capacity to pump up to 34 million litres of water per day from Moruya River to Deep Creek Dam," Dr Kelly said.
"This will enable water to be harvested during periods of high river flow and pumped to Deep Creek Dam where it will be held for later use, or alternatively, pumped directly to the Northern Water Treatment Facility, which is due to be completed later this year.
"By harvesting water in times of high flow, such as during the floods recently experienced in and around Moruya, the pipeline and the new treatment facility will enhance the areas ability to manage the impacts of drought while also improving the quality of water supplied to the Eurobodalla region.
"This is particularly important as the population continues to grow and water demand is affected by the seasonal influxes of tourists."
The Moruya to Deep Creek Dam Pipeline is part of the Eurobodalla Pipeline and Water Treatment Facilities Project to which the Australian Government has contributed $15 million under the Water for the Future - Water Smart Australia program.
The Australian Government, NSW Government and Eurobodalla Council are jointly funding the approximately $50 million project.
"Securing urban water supplies is a key priority under the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative," Dr Kelly said.
The Australian Government recognises the immense challenge in tackling Australia's water scarcity, including the impact of climate change on our water resources. The Government's 'Water for the Future' framework is a comprehensive national response to meet these challenges in both rural and urban areas.