Senator for New South Wales, Fiona Nash, has officially opened 28.9km of upgraded pipeline in Cootamundra shire in a boost to the area’s water security.

The original pipeline, supplying water to towns west of the Murrumbidgee River such as Cootamundra, Temora and Harden, was more than 80 years old and leaks and bursts were frequent.

“The new pipeline will improve water efficiency for Cootamundra Shire by eliminating the large numbers of breaks and leaks suffered with the old pipeline, which was rapidly corroding,” Senator Nash said.

“This upgrade provides the region with the water security necessary to confidently promote business and encourage investment.”

The Australian Government contributed $7.5 million towards the $16 million project, which will ensure water supplies are secure for future generations.

“The upgraded pipeline will reduce energy use by enabling pumping during off-peak times, as well as reducing wastage from leaks and cracks,” Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Simon Birmingham, said.

“There will be less traffic disruption and less disruption to farming due to ongoing maintenance or breakages.

“This project demonstrates how long term benefits can be achieved by community, local government and the Australian Government working together to secure precious water supplies.

“The Australian Government is committed to helping communities secure safe and sustainable water supplies, and to find the most efficient ways to move and use this precious resource.”

The Cowangs to Bauloora Pipeline was supported by the Australian Government’s Strengthening Basin Communities programme.

Senator Nash acknowledged the State Member for Burrinjuck and NSW Minister for Agriculture, Katrina Hodgkinson, who also attended the opening.

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