Biniguy residents standing out the front of their new water supply system and the two large water storage tanks which now tower over the village.
Friday, 29 November 2019
CHRISTMAS has come early for the community of Biniguy with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries yesterday turning the tap on the village’s new $3.96 million potable water supply.
Mr Marshall said it marked an historic moment in Biniguy’s history – the first time it had access to a town water supply.
“No longer do Biniguy residents need to rely on rainwater tanks and private bores for water in their homes, with nearly every dwelling in the community now connected to a safe permanent potable water supply,” Mr Marshall said.
“The two new 60 kilolitre reservoirs, now overlooking the village, are a lifeline for this community with water now being pumped through an 11.5 kilometre pipeline from the Pallamallawa Pump Station into the new Biniguy Water Treatment Plant.
“This water tower puts to bed concerns people have had about potential contamination of the bore water supply with many of the village’s in-ground septic tanks currently discharging into the same aquifer homes have drawn water.
“I’m pleased to say this supply will also ease pressure on residents’ hip pockets, saving them money by reducing the need to buy in water to fill up empty rainwater tanks.
“Today is the culmination of three years of hard work and I congratulate Moree Plains Shire Council for what it has done to deliver this project for the community ahead of what is expected to be continued hot and dry conditions this summer,” Mr Marshall said.
Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries said the project has long been a vision for Council but would never have been realised without the NSW Government’s funding.
“Over the years, the residents of Biniguy have been incredibly resourceful in securing water for themselves but I am so pleased that the community will now enjoy a reliable and safe supply of water,” Cl Humphries said.
“Now more than ever, the value of being able to turn on a tap and have access to safe, drinking water cannot be underestimated.
“Yes, it’s about clean water, but that water also ensures the sustainability of the Biniguy community for generations to come, and provides new opportunities for development. It really is possibly the best Christmas present for this community.
“I want to thank Adam and congratulate the State-Government for its foresight in implementing the Restart NSW Water Security for the Regions funding program.”
The $3.96 million project was entirely funded by the NSW Government through its Water Security for the Regions program.