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The Kempsey Shire Council in NSW has secured $4 million in funding from the State Government for the installation of emergency water treatment capability at Steuart Macintyre Dam.

Minister for Water, Melinda Pavey, said the funding will help secure fresh and clean water supplies.

“I am delighted to announce this new funding to protect the quality of the Kempsey Shire community’s water supply,” Ms Pavey said.

“This funding will involve the delivery of power, pumps, pipes tanks and construction works for the treatment facility, located at Steuart Macintyre Dam.”

The funding will support the operations of a specialist water filtration system. The government will also provide an additional $161,000 for water carting to the villages of Willawarrin and Bellbrook, near Kempsey.

“Both Willawarrin and Bellbrook have been severely impacted by low flows in the Macleay River and this funding will help Kempsey Shire Council deliver around ten to 13kL a day to each village,” Ms Pavey said.

Since the start of the drought, the NSW Government has committed more than $210 million in funding for emergency water carting and infrastructure.

The funding forms part of the government’s $88 million package to extend water supplies across regional NSW and a total drought package of $3.3 billion since 2017.

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