Update on new water treatment plants for Bombala and Delegate

Published on 28 June 2024

Newly installed water treatment equipment, part of progressing work on the new Bombala and Delegate water treatment plants

Significant progress has been made on the construction of new water treatment plants in Bombala and Delegate, with the switch-over date for each new facility drawing closer.
Both projects will provide these communities with a safe, reliable, and modern drinking water supply.

In Bombala, all underground services including pipework, electrical, and stormwater infrastructure are now complete. All required contracts have been finalised, including those for upcoming roadworks. Electrical installations are nearly finished, with a transformer upgrade to be completed soon.

If all goes to plan, the new Bombala plant is expected to begin delivering water to residents in October 2024.

Down the road in Delegate, the main building that will house the water treatment plant and office is finished, with internal fit-out underway. Roughly 80% of the work on all of the new plant’s underground services is complete, and the external chemical delivery area is currently under construction.

Based on current project estimates, Delegate residents can look forward to the new plant supplying water from November 2024.

While fresh, safe drinking water can be enjoyed as soon as the plants are up and running, billing charges for Delegate residents won’t begin until we’re 100% sure that everything’s working the way it should. Residents will receive notice in advance of water billing beginning.

‘Council is committed to ensuring all our residents have access to the safe, modern water infrastructure they deserve,’ said Mayor Chris Hanna.

‘We thank the Bombala and Delegate communities for their patience, and look forward to celebrating with them when the taps are turned on in a few short months.’

These essential projects are proudly funded by the NSW Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program, thanks to a $15 million grant provided by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council will continue to keep residents updated as these important projects progress.

‘It’s fantastic to see these projects inching closer to completion, meaning greater access to reliable, high quality drinking water will soon be available for residents,’ said Lisa Hingerty, Director of Infrastructure with the NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

‘Bombala’s old water treatment plant has served the community well for over four decades butthe new facility, with regular maintenance, could last twice as long for up to 80 years, which is a great outcome.’

‘The completion of Delegate’s plant will also be a huge win for the community, as they will be able to turn on the tap and not have to worry about boiling the water before drinking it – something most of us take for granted,’ said Ms Hingerty.


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