Construction is set to begin on $11 million worth of new infrastructure to improve water quality and reliability for communities in the Central Darling Shire.

High-tech water treatment plants will soon be built in Wilcannia, Ivanhoe and White Cliffs through funding from the New South Wales Government’s $1.1 billion Safe and Secure Water program and the Water Security for the Regions program. 

The new treatment plants will support and supply cleaner water to 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drinking water in these remote towns has been an ongoing challenge in recent years due to current infrastructure being outdated and requiring constant maintenance.

It is hoped that the new plants 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 begin before the end of November with Ivanhoe on track to be shovel ready by December. 

Construction of all three water treatment plants is expected to be completed by late 2023.

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