Water security for Broken Hill and surrounds
Updated: 16 June 2016
The NSW Government has announced that it will build a new 270km pipeline from the Murray River to secure Broken Hill and surrounding communities’ long term water supply.
The pipeline solution was selected following an extensive assessment by water, financial engineering and infrastructure experts of 19 possible project options and will supply homes and businesses with a reliable, clean and sustainable water source.
Construction of the pipeline is part of a $500 million investment strategy to secure Broken Hill’s water supplies – representing the largest investment into regional water security on record.
- The pipeline is some 270 kilometres long and will bring water to Broken Hill from the Murray River, near Wentworth.
- Construction of the pipeline is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
- During construction up to 240 jobs will be created, with the majority located in either Broken Hill or Wentworth.
- This project helps NSW meet its targets under the Murray Darling Basin Plan – reducing our need to take further productive water to meet recovery targets and helps our northern and southern irrigation industries.
- The project is part of the NSW Government’s Regional Water Strategies and a new strategic approach to future-proof our water supplies and support regional development.
Broken Hill water - who's who?
Taking the lead on developing the long term water security plan.
Responsible for short-term water plans, bulk water supply infrastructure and operations including operational management of groundwater.
Responsible for town water treatment and distribution, operational system management and associated retail and consumer enquiries.