Central Tablelands Water (CTW) has welcomed the recent funding confirmation by the Minister for Water, Property and Housing, the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, totalling $142,400 for emergency drought works in the CTW supply network.
These works include a review and investigation of existing bore facilities that are currently not in service, and works to access dead water storage at Lake Rowlands. This funding commitment is part of the NSW Government’s “Emergency Relief for Regional Town Water Supplies” policy.
The General Manager of CTW, Gavin Rhodes said, “although we received some much needed rain in the Lake Rowlands catchment during Autumn, it is prudent that we proceed with our drought management strategies. One of these strategies includes undertaking works at Lake Rowlands to access the estimated 20% (900 megalitres) of dead water storage below the outlet tower. CTW’s current modelling forecasts that with zero inflows into the Lake Rowlands catchment, access to the dead water storage would be required by January 2021.”
The emergency drought works include; civil works; piping, valves; pumps; and a pontoon. The NSW government has confirmed funding of $94,500 for these works, being 50% of the total estimated project cost.