Federal funding for water-saving projects

By Staff Writer

The Federal Government has called for proposals from local government bodies in the Murray-Darling basin for water-saving initiatives to help communities prepare for a future of scarce water supply.

Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said the water-saving initiatives formed part of the Government’s $200 million Strengthening Basin Communities program.

“We are interested in joining with local governments and urban water providers to invest in projects that could include elements such as water recycling and reuse, stormwater capture and reuse, desalination and water-sensitive urban design,” she said during a visit to Deniliquin, NSW.

Project submissions forms the second stage of the federal program. Applications for the planning stage currently being assessed.

There will be two rounds of funding for water saving projects, with the second round to be conducted in the next financial year.

Funding is capped at 50 per cent of total project costs, with a minimum Federal Govenrment contribution of $250,000 and a maximum of $10 million.

To access guidelines visit the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts website.

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