Eurobodalla secures its water future

Residents of Eurobodalla will feel safe in the knowledge that a new water treatment plant is being built to secure their water supply for up to the next 30 years.

The plant is part of a plan to improve water quality for residents in Eurobodalla Shire, which covers around
3,500 kilometres in south east New South Wales.

The plan includes construction of a 29 kilometre Deep Creek pipeline, which will transfer water from the Moruya River to the area’s major water storage – Deep Creek Dam.

This water will then be transferred to the Northern System Water Treatment Plant for treatment and introduction back into the water supply.

The Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Mike Kelly, said the facility will treat 20 million litres of water per day from Deep Creek Dam for potable use, with provisions to upgrade to 30 million litres per day in the future.

“This is considerable when you understand that the Shire’s permanent population currently uses 11 million litres of water per day and, during the peak tourist season, as much as 18 million litres per day,” he said.

The plant will provide continued sustainability, with a steady water supply now assured for years to come.

“By harvesting water in times of high flow, the pipeline and the new treatment facility will enhance the area’s ability to manage the impacts of drought, while improving the quality of water supplied to Eurobodalla,” Dr Kelly said.

Eurobodalla Mayor Fergus Thomson said the pipeline will reduce the need to take water from the rivers during low flow periods when they are under stress.

The pipeline commenced operations in February, with the Water Treatment Plant set to be operational before the end of this year.