Sydney water gets a lift from state budget

The-water-infrastructure-in-Sydney-is-about-to-see-a-lot-of-upgrades_157_74219_0_14100027_300The recent New South Wales budget has made a generous investment into the state’s water infrastructure, which will mean big benefits for Sydney.

The 2014/15 budget has set aside a huge $700 million in the next financial year to renew, upgrade and maintain infrastructure in Sydney’s water network.

This is an increase of 25 per cent on 2013-14, Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries pointed out in a June 17 release. The funding decision demonstrates the state government’s commitment to maintaining and even improving living standards in the state and in Australia’s biggest city.

Some of the projects include a new wastewater treatment plan and upgrades to wastewater pipelines, the maintenance of water distribution systems and works to service growth in urban development.

The state as a whole will see many thousands of kilometres more of water and wastewater pipes. It will also see more treatment and recycling plants and additional pumping stations and reservoirs.

“This investment enables Sydney Water to expand, maintain, renew and upgrade its network,” Mr Humphries said.

He added that it also “highlights the NSW Government’s commitment to providing high quality and reliable services to the people of Sydney”.

These infrastructure projects will be critical for both the city and, consequently, for the state. Sydney makes up just under two-thirds of the population of NSW, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures from April 3 2014, and with both experiencing rapid growth, the expansion of water services is timely.

Not only that, but it would not be surprising if further development takes place in the areas which will see the construction of new water facilities.

In addition to all of this, the NSW government has introduced the Water Industry Competition Amendment (review) Bill, which is designed to create a level playing field between private and public water providers and increase efficiency.

This will likely lead to lower costs for the state’s property holders.

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