Minister says Macarthur taps won’t run dry

Liquid gold: Cataract Dam supplies Macarthur with its drinking water. Picture: Ben Langford
Liquid gold: Cataract Dam supplies Macarthur with its drinking water. Picture: Ben Langford


It’s the one thing we can’t live without.

And Energy and Utilities Minister Don Harwin has assured Macarthur residents their taps will not run dry.

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and opposition spokesman for water, Chris Minns, said with the region’s population expected to hit half a million by 2036, there were concerns about whether the supply of water would be able to keep up with the demand of future residents.

The duo called on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to release her plans regarding water security in Macarthur.

“Water is our most crucial and essential natural resource. Whilst it’s easy to take access to safe drinking water for granted, without adequate planning this may not always be the case,” Mr Warren said.

“It’s scary to think if they can’t get a train timetable right, how can we trust them to make sure that all residents in our area have sufficient access to water – an issue in the planning process that can be easily overlooked.

“Considering the massive population growth our region will be experiencing over the next 20 years we need to get this right.”

Mr Minns said details regarding infrastructure needed to be released to public for reassurance purposes.

“The government should release an infrastructure plan for all housing developments in western Sydney including detailed plans for water, roads and public transport,” he said.

Mr Harwin said an ongoing review of the 2017 Metropolitan Water Plan aimed to ensure residents in Macarthur and the rest of Sydney, had access to water.

“The NSW Government will ensure that Macarthur’s water supply is secure,” he told the Advertiser.

“The plan is subject to ongoing review to check that the actual supply and demand balance is consistent with forecasts and that the plan’s measures continue to be appropriate.

“Sydney Water is working with government agencies to meet growth forecasts and is already in the process of developing detailed planning for the Macarthur growth area to build and operate water and wastewater services.”