The New South Wales Government has invested $495,000 for upgrades to Bombala Water Treatment Plant, and $5.35 million for the Lake Wallace Dam project in Nimmitabel, in the Monaro region.

The funding is part of the Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program, which aims to improve water security.

The works at the Bombala Water Treatment Plant will see aging infrastructure upgraded to modern standards that will enhance the operations and reliability of the plant.

The completed 320ML Lake Wallace Dam on Pigring Creek provides a new water supply for Nimmitabel, which until now has had to rely on a 4.5ML weir pond and two water bores.

New South Wales Minister for Water, Niall Blair, said the funding of these projects demonstrated the State Government’s commitment to securing the water supply for regional communities, especially during times of drought.

“Under this program the NSW Government has committed $366 million to support local infrastructure projects that improve water security across NSW,” Mr Blair said.

Member for Monaro and New South Wales Minister for Regional Development, John Barilaro, said these two projects were at different ends of the construction spectrum with the work at Bombala Water Treatment Plant just beginning and the work at Lake Wallace Dam just completed.

“The upgrade of the Bombala Water Treatment Plant will improve water quality and security of supply, giving the local community increased confidence in the drinking water, now and into the future,” Mr Barilaro said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW and Regional Communications, Bonnie Taylor, said, “This is a great day for the community of Nimmitabel.”

“For too long, this community has experienced severe water shortages and been ignored. No longer will the water supply of Nimmitabel be jeopardised.” 

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