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Saving billions of litres of water in our regions

The NSW Government is tackling water waste across regional NSW with 15 local water utilities offered up to $150,000 in co-funding to launch infrastructure projects targeting water loss and boosting efficiency. This is part of the NSW Government’s efforts to save 7.5 billion litres of water per year across the state.

It’s the latest round of the NSW Government’s $12.5 million Regional Leakage Reduction Program, which has so far worked closely with 54 regional councils and Aboriginal communities to save a staggering 5.8 billion litres of water per year.

It has also funded new equipment, provided training, increased resources and supplied councils with comprehensive tools to save water.

The program is investing in 15 priority councils that have never before received this funding and will significantly benefit from new projects, training and water-saving infrastructure.

The funding will help councils install state-of-the-art equipment to better measure and manage their water supply networks and train staff on how to keep them running efficiently. This includes procuring and installing bulk meters, sensors, real-time monitors and pressure-reducing valves.

It will also help operators zero-in on leaking pipes by funding specialised detection equipment including leak noise loggers, electronic listening sticks and ground microphones.

The all-out assault on water waste will help regional councils minimise water losses and boost the drought resilience of regional communities.

Invited councils include:

  • Clarence Valley Council
  • Carrathool Shire Council
  • Muswellbrook Shire Council
  • Balranald Shire Council
  • Hilltops Council
  • Uralla Shire Council
  • Bellingen Shire Council
  • Brewarrina Shire Council
  • Central Darling Shire
  • Warrumbungle Shire Council
  • Murray River Council
  • Richmond Valley Council
  • Moree Plains Shire Council
  • Leeton Shire Council
  • Walgett Shire Council

The NSW Government offered these councils places in the program this month and is working with them to complete all the projects by May next year.

For more information, visit Regional Leakage Reduction Program.

Minister for Water Rose Jackson said:

"This program has already worked with dozens of councils to kick major goals when it comes to saving water, and now even more communities can keep the wins coming.

“We know in regional NSW that an average of 15 per cent of water sourced from nature is lost because of leaking pipes or inefficient networks, which really adds up. This new funding is a game- changer, supporting councils to minimise water losses, upskill operators and help save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“At the same time, it’s never been more important to boost drought resilience across regional NSW as we prepare for a more variable climate, and this work has a critical role to play in locking-in a more secure water future for local communities.”

Tackling water waste across regional NSW
Tackling water waste across regional NSW.