Feb 8, 2006

Labor welcomes NSW decision to ensure a sustainable water supply for Sydney

Labor welcomes NSW decision to ensure a sustainable water supply for Sydney

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP 

8 February 2006

Labor welcomes the NSW Government’s revised Metropolitan Water Plan for Sydney.

The NSW Government’s plan is comprehensive and presents a constructive step in ensuring Sydney has a sustainable water supply.

A key part of the Plan is to use up to 90 billion litres of water from aquifers in the southern highlands and western Sydney, but only if dam levels drop to 40% capacity.

Importantly, the Plan will increase the amount of water recycled in Sydney from 15 billion litres a year to 70 billion litres a year by 2015.

It is significant also that the Plan will expand Sydney’s water-saving measures to save 145 billion litres by 2015.

The Plan also includes measures to pump deep water from Warragamba Dam and promote domestic grey-water use and minimise water wastage.

The announcement showed both vision and courage by the NSW Government.

It makes sense to have the construction of a desalination plant available only as a last resort if dam levels drop to 30%.