Frequently asked questions
What was the process to determine this as the best long-term solution?
The NSW Government knows this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure Broken Hill’s long-term water security and has so undertaken an extensive assessment and analysis of all possible solutions – spanning a broad list of 19 options. Each project option was meticulously reviewed by water, infrastructure and financial experts.
A shortlist of project options were further analysed against strict economic, environmental and social criteria – to determine which project best meets the needs of the region and supports Broken Hill’s economic prosperity for years to come. The analysis was performed in a transparent, robust and structured manner – overseen by experts from DPI Water, NSW Public Works and Infrastructure NSW.
Why was the proposed pipeline option chosen over other options?
The preferred project provides the greatest confidence in meeting the specific quality, security and supply criteria in a sustainable and cost-effective way over decades to come. It best meets the strict social, economic and environmental criteria set to evaluate the project.
How much will the pipeline project cost?
The NSW Government is investing $500 million into securing Broken Hill’s water supply.
The water security package represents one of the largest investments into regional water security on record and consists of a range of short term water projects – addressing the record low inflows into Menindee Lakes – and supported by long term projects to secure water for decades to come.
Last updated: 25 July 2017