The supply and quality of water in Narromine will be confirmed thanks to $2 million worth of State Government funding.
Member for the Dubbo electorate, Dugald Saunders, made the announcement on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Adam Marshall visited Coolamon to outline further drought support measures.
The $2 million will help shore up the existing groundwater supply within the boundaries of Narromine Shire Council, which has noted a drop in yield from bores as a result of extraction from other water users during the drought.
“Narromine Shire Council has advised me that it has access to deeper groundwater but this has high levels of iron and manganese,” Mr Saunders said.
“Council highlighted a pending need for emergency funding, and after discussing the matter with the Deputy Premier and other members of the government we have been able to come up with some funding to make it happen, which is a terrific result for the Narromine community.
“The project, valued at $2 million, will deliver a short-term water security solution for Narromine, allowing the council to access deeper groundwater without risking water quality concerns.
“It will also provide for filtration of the water, while ensuring this work doesn’t come at a cost to ratepayers already doing things tough
“People have told us that water is the number one priority at the moment as we continue to battle this record-breaking drought, and the Government is doing everything it can to help our regional communities.”
The funding for the project, as well as a $30 million announcement made in Dubbo on Tuesday, comes from the $170M drought stimulus package, those funds come from the Growing Local Economies Fund.