Improved water quality and security are a priority for the Wollondilly electorate.
Nathaniel Smith, Member for Wollondilly joined with Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey to announce the grant that will see the NSW Liberals and Nationals invest $6.6 million in to the Wollondilly electorate to improve water quality and security as part of its $1 billion Safe and Secure program.
The $6.6 million will help upgrade Bowral's sewerage treatment plant and increase its existing capacity.
This will improve the quality of the water discharged, ensuring it complies with regulatory requirements.
Mr Smith said NSW communities depend on access to clean water, and wastewater infrastructure that meets environmental and health standards.
"This drought is severe and while we continue to invest in emergency water infrastructure we need to ensure the water being consumed is also safe," he said.
"The NSW Government will continue to work with local councils like Wingecarribee Shire Council to provide water infrastructure that improves the lives of locals. Ensuring treatment plants for regional towns is an important part of ensuring towns have access to water.
"The Program prioritises key water infrastructure projects - from local drought backup systems through to new or upgraded dams to secure water supplies for our regional communities.
"Whether it's a new water treatment plant or replacing outdated wastewater treatment plants, our Safe & Secure Water Program makes a real difference to local communities throughout NSW."
Mayor Duncan Gair said Council welcomed the NSW Government's contribution to the project and looked forward to further support from State Government to assist with the continuing upgrade of Wingecarribee facilities.
Cr Gair thanked Mr Smith for his support in obtaining the grant.
The Safe and Secure Water Program is a $1 billion regional infrastructure co-funding program established in 2017 under the NSW Government's Restart NSW Fund.