Residents of Leeton, Yanco, Murrami and Whitton are set to benefit, with the NSW Government today awarding Leeton Shire Council $40,000 under the Government’s $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program.

Member for Murray Austin Evans said the funding will be used to undertake a scoping study to investigate the construction of a new modern water treatment plant at Leeton.

“We know how important access to safe drinking water is for our regional towns and with ongoing drought conditions across the region, water security is a priority for community now more than ever.

“The first step in this development is determining the most feasible option, this includes determining the size and capacity of a new plant, considering different process options and determining the best site for construction.

“This project demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving water security for regional NSW and as drought conditions continue across NSW and that’s why the Government is planning for the future protection of regional economies.”

Leeton Shire Mayor, Paul Maytom welcomed the funding announcement, saying it will go a long way in securing a safe and reliable water supply for the nearby communities.

“Not only is this a great first step in improving the water quality for local residents, the funding will also ensure that safety and process issues at the existing plant can be addressed,” Cr Maytom said.

“It’s great to be working in partnership with the NSW Government and the Public Works Advisory to deliver such an important project for the people of Leeton and surrounding communities.”

The Safe & Secure Water Program allows regional communities to build new and upgraded water infrastructure faster. It ensures regional NSW communities have access to high quality, reliable and affordable water that meets modern environmental and health standards.

Further information on the Safe & Secure Water Program can be found here