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Broken Hill and Menindee short term water project

Broken Hill and Menindee short term water project

WaterNSW is working to secure short term water security for the 20,000 residents of Broken Hill, Menindee and Sunset Strip. This is needed after a long, dry weather pattern across western NSW and parts of Queensland that has reduced the  available water supply in the Menindee Lakes.

WaterNSW is developing and implementing solutions that will continue to supply safe drinking water to the communities and businesses in these areas until the lakes receive adequate inflows.

While there is surface water available from Lake Menindee until January 2016, it will be extended for another year until the end of 2016 with the recommissioning of the current Essential Water desalination plant in Broken Hill.

Beyond this date shallow bores in Lake Menindee and Talyawalka Floodplain can safely supplement water supplies until 2019.

This website is a resource for you to access the latest information and news to answer your questions about the current and potential projects to secure the water supply for these towns.

The local community is an important partner in this project and your feedback is important to us. We want to keep you up to  date and well informed throughout this time.

Community consultation meetings are being held regularly and minutes and updates from these meetings are available to download from this website.

WaterNSW brings to this project extensive knowledge and experience in delivering water security to communities, industries and businesses across the state. In partnership with the DPI Water and Essential Water we are working to ensure the water security of Broken Hill and Menindee Lakes now and into the future.

Saturday 23 September
2,280,833 ML
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Saturday 23 September