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The Bega Valley Shire is set to benefit from a more secure water supply with construction beginning on the Bega to Yellow Pinch Dam water transfer pipeline.
Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Mike Kelly participated in a sod turning ceremony today at the Bega bore field to mark the commencement of the pipeline's construction.
"The Bega to Yellow Pinch Dam Water Transfer Pipeline project is critical to securing the water supply for the southern townships of Bega Valley Shire, including Tura, Merimbula, Pambula, South Pambula and Pambula Beach." Dr Kelly said.
"Yellow Pinch Dam is the main water storage for the southern part of the Bega Valley Shire and is primarily supplied from Tantawanglo Creek. In recent times there has been less water available from Tantawanglo Creek due to the effects of drought and increasing demand.
"The new pipeline and pump station will enable up to 20 million litres of groundwater per day, extracted by bores at the existing Bega bore field, to be transferred to the Yellow Pinch Dam for later use. Groundwater will be extracted during high flow events on the lower Bega River that recharge the groundwater accessed by the bores.
"The project will allow a reduction in water extraction from Tantawanglo Creek, which is currently the main water source for Yellow Pinch Dam. This will protect environmentally important low flows in the creek."
The Australian Government has committed $10 million to this $28 million project through it's Water for the Future - Water Smart Australia program.
The Australian Government recognises the immense challenge we face as a nation in preparing for a future with less water.
A key priority of the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative is securing urban water supplies.