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A New South Wales water pipeline project will be one step closer to the construction phase with an $825,000 joint funding agreement from the State Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program and Hilltops Council.

The Harden to Boorowa Pipeline project is set to improve water quality and security in Boorowa.

The project will deliver top quality water to residents and businesses in Boorowa by connecting the township to Goldenfields Water County Council’s water supply network from the Murrumbidgee River at Jugiong, the same network that already services towns including Harden, Young and Galong.

With a changing climate and another El Nino weather event expected to bring drier conditions, the new funding is the next step in locking-in clean and reliable water into the future for the Boorowa community.

Regional specialists DGP Water have won the competitive tender process to conduct this next crucial phase of work, including detailed geotechnical investigations, concept design, environmental assessments and approvals and cost estimates.

This work is expected to be completed in mid-2024.

Building on the investment, the New South Wales Government has also given Hilltops Council a further $150,000 as part of its new Advanced Operational Support Program which will enable it to optimise the performance of its water treatment plant by making permanent upgrades.

The program also includes regular on-the-ground support from water technicians from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water who will help local water operators address any future treatment or water quality issues.

New South Wales Minister for Water, Rose Jackson, said, “We know the community has been faced with concerning alerts to boil water before consumption. The New South Wales Government is committed to doing everything we can to ensure regional communities have access to safe, drinkable water as the bare minimum.”

Ms Jackson said that progress on the Harden to Boorowa Pipeline project is part of the State Government’s comprehensive plan to improve water quality for hundreds of rural towns across the state.

“We are committed to building crucial infrastructure to help deliver better water security and quality for generations to come.

“Resilient and thriving communities need to know their town water supply is safe and reliable, this announcement is a key part of this work.”

Hilltops Council Mayor, Marg Roles, said that Council is very happy to be progressing the project alongside its partners at the New South Wales Government and Goldenfields Water.

“I would like to thank everyone involved and especially staff at Council and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water who have been working hard to make this project a reality.”

Ms Roles said that the start of this phase is a very important step towards providing long-term water security for customers in Boorowa.

“We look forward to working with the New South Wales Government and Commonwealth Government to explore funding options for the construction stage of this project.”

Featured image: Truck delivering piping materials. Image credit: New South Wales Government.

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