Wa­ter projects share $12.75m

Narrogin Observer - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

Re­gional com­mu­ni­ties in ar­eas of low rain­fall will re­ceive fund­ing of up to $12.75 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment from mid-2018.

More than $4 mil­lion will con­trib­ute to new or up­graded non­potable wa­ter sup­plies in ru­ral towns and on farms, ful­fill­ing all ap­proved com­mit­ments un­der the the Wa­ter­ing WA Towns and Farms pro­grams.

This in­cludes fund­ing of more than $2.1 mil­lion for eight non­potable wa­ter sup­ply projects in the Shires of Ko­jonup, Won­gan-Bal­lidu, Esper­ance, Coorow, Cun­derdin, Broome­hill-Tam­bellup, Toodyay and Bod­ding­ton.

Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Dave Kelly said de­vel­op­ing and im­prov­ing al­ter­na­tive wa­ter sup­plies was a pri­or­ity for com­mu­ni­ties and farms in these low-rain­fall ar­eas.

“The restoration of the Ko­jonup Show­grounds dam and catch­ment will pro­vide an ex­tra 15 mil­lion litres of wa­ter, dou­bling the com­mu­nity’s non-potable wa­ter sup­ply and re­duc­ing use of ex­pen­sive scheme wa­ter,” he said. “A new fast-flow stand­pipe will pro­vide ac­cess to wa­ter dur­ing fire emer­gen­cies, al­low­ing trucks to fill quickly and re­spond quickly in emer­gen­cies.”

Funds will also cover con­tri­bu­tions of up to $20,000 for on-farm wa­ter sup­ply projects on 127 farms in ar­eas ac­cess­ing retic­u­lated scheme wa­ter that have had suc­cess­ful wa­ter au­dits.

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