Nmabucca Shire Council says the Bowraville Off River Water Storage project will secure the shire's future water needs.
Nmabucca Shire Council says the Bowraville Off River Water Storage project will secure the shire's future water needs.

Nambucca water security

THE water security of the Nambucca Valley may have been secured with the awarding of a tender to build an off river water storage at Bowraville.

Nambucca Shire Council has announced it has appointed two companies Haslin Constructions and Ledonne Constructions to deliver the $53 million Bowraville project.

The work will see a dam built, which will have the capacity to hold 4,500 megalitres of water or the equvialent of 2,200 Olympic swimming pools.

"This decision is by far one of the most important and largest investments made by this council and will now ensure the long-term sustainability of council's water supply," Nambucca Shire mayor Rhonda Hoban said.

General manager Michael Coulter said the NSW Government will subsidise 40% of the cost of the project and the Federal Government will provide a grant of $10 million.

Mr Coulter said more than half of the total cost of the project will be met by government grants.

Assistant general manager Paul Gallagher from council's engineering services department said the off-river storage would take about 60 weeks of construction to build, weather permitting.

"To help residents visualise the scope and size of the project, the dam's surface area will cover approximately 75 hectares or approximately 125 football fields," Mr Gallagher said.

For more information about the Bowraville Off-River Water Storage project visit the Nambucca council website.



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