WaterNSW to study Macquarie Valley improvements

WaterNSW to study Macquarie Valley improvements

08 October 2018

WaterNSW will assess potentially constructing a new mid-Macquarie storage as part of wider investigations into improving water resource management in the Macquarie Valley.

The NSW Government has announced that WaterNSW will conduct a study into construction of a new regulating storage between Narromine and Warren and report its findings to government.

The Macquarie Valley was identified in the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy as a priority valley for improved water management and critical water infrastructure projects.

WaterNSW is responsible for delivering and operating infrastructure to provide for the State’s bulk water supply needs consistent with NSW Government policy and regulations.

The assessment of a new mid-Macquarie storage site is part of wider investigations into potential options for improving the security, reliability and delivery efficiency of water in the Macquarie Valley, including infrastructure and non-infrastructure measures.

WaterNSW met with a stakeholder group in Narromine on Wednesday to update them on the various options and seek local perspectives.

Outcomes of the investigation will ultimately be submitted to Infrastructure NSW, the body responsible for assessing large infrastructure projects, on behalf of the NSW Government, according to WaterNSW Executive Manager Asset Solutions and Delivery, Andrew George.

“The intended outcome is to identify a preferred option with capacity to enhance operational flexibility, improve drought security and reliability, and reduce water transmission and distribution losses along the length of the river system and effluent creeks,” he said.

The mid-Macquarie storage site assessment could take up to 18 months once funding is received. System and Infrastructure Improvements like this were also included among potential investment opportunities in WaterNSW’s 20-year infrastructure options study (rural valleys) (PDF, 13786.43 KB) released in July.

Media contact: Darren Hadland 0436 661 886

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