Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce has used National Water Week to highlight the NSW Government’s $720 million investment in water infrastructure across Sydney, the Illawarra and lower Hunter regions.
Mr Pearce said the NSW Government is committed to ensuring residents have access to a clean, high quality and sustainable water supply.
“This year’s theme for National Water Week is ‘valuing our water,’ and NSW is leading the way by investing more than $720 million in infrastructure to ensure a reliable water supply and to improve waterways,” Mr Pearce said.
“Sydney Water and Hunter Water have a rigorous regime and regularly test water supplies to ensure they are safe, clean and the highest quality possible.
“Water monitoring takes place at every stage of the supply system and is undertaken in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and NSW Health,” he said.
Mr Pearce said the significant investment in infrastructure shows the commitment of the NSW Government in providing high quality and reliable services to the people of the Lower Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra and Blue Mountains.
“Over the next financial year, Sydney Water and Hunter Water will be upgrading critical infrastructure, to further improve performance and reduce wastewater overflows.
“This will provide more reliable services across 54,398 kilometres of water and wastewater pipes, more than 1,300 pumping stations, 342 reservoirs and 56 treatment and recycling plants.
“Work includes the $99 million Hoxton Park Recycled Water Scheme and $70 million Sydney Northern Beaches Storage Project, and $73 million investment in the Kooragang Industrial Recycled Water Scheme in the Lower Hunter.”
“These schemes are crucial to ensuring that water services protect public health and the environment.”