Member for Murray Austin Evans has announced the new water treatment plant and reticulation system for the Rankins Springs Village has been completed.

“For the first time in the town’s history, Rankins Springs Village will have a local source of drinking water,” Mr Evans said.

“We are very proud to be able to provide this resource to the community through the NSW Government’s $1.2 million investment in a new water treatment plant and reticulation system.”

“This infrastructure will stimulate growth for the local economy and also create new opportunities for social and economic growth across the region”, he said.

Works for this project included constructing the new plant to treat bore and channel water, installing a reticulation system to supply clean drinking water to the community and repairing and reconstructing the town’s main storage dam to ensure the security of the water supply.

These works were funded in their entirety by the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program and managed by Carrathool Shire Council.

Carrathool Shire Council Mayor Peter Laird said in the past, Rankins Springs Village has had to rely on bottled water or raw water sources, such as bore water.

“Having fresh drinking water straight from the tap is something that most communities take for granted, and is of particular importance in times of high demand”, said Cr Laird.

The Water Security for Regions program has contributed $222 million to 70 water infrastructure projects across regional NSW, including augmenting dams, pipeline and bore works and water efficiency mechanisms to help farmers and regional industries deal with drier conditions.