Emma Gough

Funds pledged to end regional water torture

THE New South Wales Government has pledged $1.25 billion to improve water supplies in regional towns, in an effort to improve drought resilience and support population growth.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant said major regional water security programs would be funded in the Lachlan, Gwydir, Macquarie and Upper Hunter catchments.

A water security solution for Broken Hill also would be funded, along with $110 million to clear a backlog of 71 country town water and sewerage programs.

"This funding represents the most significant single investment in regional NSW's water supplies in the state's history," Mr Grant said.

Natural Resources, Lands and Water Minister Kevin Humphries said towns had endured inadequate wastewater treatment and supply issues for too long.

"Some towns have been dealing with these issues for up to 20 years," he said.


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