Aerial of Wilcannia and Darling River
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The New South Wales Government will invest $11 million in three new water treatment plants in the Central Darling Shire to upgrade outdated technology and improve drinking water quality.

Wilcannia, Ivanhoe and White Cliffs will soon have access to modern, high-tech water treatment plants thanks to funding from the New South Wales Water Security for the Regions and Safe and Secure Water Programs.

The three new treatment plants will help support the 1,200 residents who live and work in these rural communities.

Access to clean drinking water in these remote towns has been an ongoing challenge in recent years because the current infrastructure is outdated and requires constant maintenance.

Bringing the technology into the 21st century will transform water quality and reliability and ensure the plants are operating continuously without constant breakdowns.

The new plants are also expected to help eradicate the need for boil water alerts.

Construction is already underway at White Cliffs, where the existing water treatment plant has been maintained by the local operator using true ingenuity to hold it together with a patchwork of equipment.

Work on Wilcannia is expected to kick off before the end of November 2022 with Ivanhoe on track to be shovel ready by December, which is great news for the community.

Construction of all three water treatment plants will be completed by late 2023.

Feature Image: Aerial of Wilcannia and Darling River. Image courtesy of the New South Wales Government.

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