Water-treatment facility operators say they have been forced to shut down operations after they ran out of supplies to treat water and chemicals in the last few days.
The closure of the two biggest facilities, Glenmore and Tertiary, has left thousands of residents without access to safe drinking water and contaminated chemicals, including chlorine.
The facilities, which were built to treat the largest amount of untreated wastewater in New South Wales, are the only remaining water treatment plants in Australia.
The Government says the closure of these two facilities will result in $2.5 billion worth of cost savings, with $1.3 billion of those savings being for people who are already struggling.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian says it’s important for New South Welsh residents to know that the Government has been working closely with industry to ensure the businesses remain operational.
“The Government will continue to ensure that we are providing support to the water supply and water treatment facilities that are the backbone of New South NSW,” she said.
“And that we continue to invest in our water supply systems to ensure they are safe, reliable and meet the needs of our citizens.”
I want to thank all of the businesses, water users and businesses who have been working hard to ensure we have safe, safe water supply to our citizens.
“The Premier says there are plans in place to provide free water to people who have lost access to drinking water in the next week.
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