The NSW Minister for Water Melinda Pavey, visited Tamworth today, to announce almost $50 million dollars in funding for water infrastructure in the region.
The government will fund the construction of a $39 million dollar pipeline from Chaffey Dam to the existing Dungowan to Tamworth pipeline, to protect the city against future droughts.
Construction on the pipeline is due to start in November and is expected to be completed around April next year.
Ms Pavey says the pipeline will double the lifetime of Chaffey Dam’s remaining water supply.
“We need to get as much water out of that dam to last as long as it possibly can.” Ms Pavey said.
“For those who may not understand we lose probably two to one in transition from Chaffey down to Dungowan.
“By putting that pipeline in we will extend the ability to be able to draw on water for the town and our local industries for as long as possible.”
The package also includes:
$3.5 million for WaterNSW to accelerate detailed option analysis to secure town water for the Upper Namoi including the communities of Barraba and Manilla.
$1.45 million for off-stream storage infrastructure at Tamworth Regional Council’s Calala water treatment plant.
$1.5 million for the detailed planning for Walcha’s long term security and to immediately construct infrastructure including a pipeline connecting the town water supplies with an existing off-river storage.