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Securing our most precious resource.

Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline

The Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline was an initiative by the NSW State Government to supply Broken Hill with 37.4 megalitres of raw water per day via a 270km pipeline from the River Murray near Wentworth.

Broken Hill and surrounding communities had suffered from significant water shortages for too long. The NSW Government identified the $467 million Wentworth to Broken Hill pipeline as the best solution as it would provide the most reliable long-term water supply sourced from the River Murray.

Constructing the 270km pipeline required over 2300 truckloads to deliver the pipes along the pipeline route with 1473 loads from Melbourne and 842 loads from Perth. 

A majority of the buried pipeline runs adjacent to the Silver City Highway, with the last six kilometres running under the streets of Broken Hill until reaching the Mica Street Water Treatment Plant.

The pipeline requires four pumping stations which were constructed along the route, as well as a 720 megalitre bulk water storage facility 25 kilometres south of Broken Hill. 

Our team is managing the operations and maintenance of the pipeline for up to 20 years with our partner, TRILITY. 

  • Customer
    WaterNSW
  • Location
    Broken Hill, New South Wales
  • Specialisation
    Water & wastewater
  • Start
    January 2018
  • End
    Late 2018
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This project brought immediate benefits to both Wentworth and Broken Hill. Over 150 local people contributed to workforce which reached a peak of over 500 workers during construction.
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This project brought immediate benefits to both Wentworth and Broken Hill. Over 150 local people contributed to workforce which reached a peak of over 500 workers during construction.
Broken Hill and Wentworth based companies supplied almost $50 million in goods and services to the project.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

John Holland pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.