Willawarrin Water Treatment Plant

Upper Macleay


Kempsey Shire Council is proposing to construct a new water treatment plant at Willawarrin to provide residents with safe, clean and reliable drinking water.


The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment provided section 60 endorsement for the concept design in June 2022.

Council has now completed the designs and technical specifications for the project and is preparing to put the project out for tender.

A very successful compulsory tender information session took place in late May 2023.


The plant will be located on the southern end of the Willawarrin sports field.


Council expects to award the contract for construction in 2023 with the plant completed in 2024.


The total cost of the project is $4 million. Council will contribute the bulk of the funds towards the project, supplemented by grant funding under the NSW Government's Safe and Secure Water Program.


The existing system is unable to provide water of a high enough quality during drought, flood or fire events.

Between 2017 and 2022 major weather events have impacted Willawarrin's water supply. In each case Council was forced to transport drinkable water to Willawarrin via truck.

Using trucks to provide water for Willawarrin is not sustainable.  

Council has met with the community twice regarding the proposed project and specifically the location of the Water Treatment Plant since 2018.

Since the last community meeting, held in June 2020, Council and government regulators have confirmed the best approach and location to rectify the poor quality of tap water in Willawarrin.

Kempsey Shire Council is committed to improving the quality of life for our community by delivering clean and safe water and ensuring water security.


Armidale Road, Willawarrin 2440  View Map

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