Project timeline

June 2004

The Council of Australian Governments sign a blueprint to guide water reform across Australia.

July 2008

Murray–Darling Basin states (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the ACT) commit to one or more priority projects to improve water quality.

February 2014

The Australian and ACT governments sign a project schedule to establish a priority project in the ACT.

March 2014

Investigations into sites and treatment options begin.

July 2015

The community in each of the six catchments is invited to provide feedback on proposed treatment options, sites and concept plans.

December 2015

The community survey on water quality revealed community support for new infrastructure to improve water quality in the ACT.

ACT Government outlines the most effective treatment options to improve the quality of the water entering the Murrumbidgee River downstream of the ACT.

May 2016

The Australian Government agrees to fund the construction of up to 25 projects across six catchments in the ACT region.

September 2016

Preliminary plans presented to community for feedback as part of a six-week consultation period that will inform the final designs for development assessment.

December 2016 – March 2017

Final designs go to the planning and land authority for construction approval.


Construction begins and is scheduled to finish by June 2019.