WaterNSW has signed a deal with a new dam-building partner.

WaterNSW will partner with two specialist firms to deliver a historic investment in water infrastructure projects to secure the State’s future water supply, Acting CEO Andrew George has confirmed.

WaterSecure – a joint venture comprising KBR and Aurecon – will assist WaterNSW with the planning, development and delivery of three major dam projects, and potentially more projects in the future, on a scale not seen in Australia for nearly half a century.

Projects included in the first tranche of over $1 billion include the recently announced dam projects at Dungowan (near Tamworth) and Wyangala (near Cowra), plus a final business case for a new dam on the Mole River (near Tenterfield).

The partnership ensures projects such as Dungowan Dam and the Wyangala Dam wall-raising can be fast-tracked, improving long term water security sooner.

The arrangement is expected to provide WaterNSW with increased capacity to deliver a range of major projects concurrently.