Water security for Broken Hill and surrounds
Updated: 19 December 2016
The NSW Government has announced the appointment of WaterNSW to build, own and operate the 270km Murray River to Broken Hill pipeline.
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.
WaterNSW will convene a Project Consultative Committee for the duration of the project and also report on progress of the project to Infrastructure NSW under the reporting framework for major infrastructure.
Future project updates will now be provided by WaterNSW.
- 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.