The $12.85 million Malpas Dam to Guyra pipeline was officially switched on today by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Member for the Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, delivering water security for the community of Guyra.

Mr Barilaro said the project will ensure water for the 2000 people in Guyra who have been doing it tough during this unprecedented drought.“Today marks an important step towards water security for this State,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This is another major water infrastructure project delivered by the NSW Government since announcing the $1.8 billion Drought Package earlier this year. “We made sure this project progressed quickly providing $820,000 in additional emergency funding to get water pumping through the pipeline earlier than planned,” he said.

Mr Marshall said the NSW Government is taking every step possible to ensure water continues flowing from the tap.

“Today the Malpas Dam to Guyra pipeline has officially been handed over to Armidale Regional Council by the contractors and is now pumping up to 60L of water per second to the Guyra water treatment plant,” Mr Marshall said.

“Guyra’s town water was sourced from two small dams on the Gara River which are too small to guarantee supply during an extended drought. “This 19.6 kilometre pipeline is a lifeline for the local community. It will transport water from Malpas Dam to Guyra Water Treatment Plant, where it will be processed and used as town water.

“In addition to the pipeline, the project involved the construction of intake at Malpas Dam, a new pumping station, treatment plant and electrical works,” he said. Minister for Water Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government funding for this pipeline has come from the Safe and Secure Water Program, the NSW Government’s flagship water infrastructure program.

“The NSW Government is prioritising regional communities, such as Guyra, facing the biggest risks. “The Safe and Secure Water program co-funds water and sewerage projects that will improve public health, water security and environmental outcomes for communities in regional NSW. “To date, the program has approved funding to 111 projects across the state, with a NSW Government contribution of more than $680 million.”