Work has commenced on a key study into the groundwater around the existing Bega borefield and areas near the junction of the Bega and Brogo Rivers.
The aim of this project is to investigate the groundwater around Bega and identify production bore locations for the long-term sustainable supply of drinking water.
It will also improve the understanding and management of the resource, particularly during drought times.
The current borefield is located alongside the Bega River, to the west of Bega, and is the source of water for the Bega-Tathra supply system.
The existing six bores are 40-years-old and, for a range of reasons, are now in need of renewal and/or replacement, council said.
Engineering firm SMEC Holdings have been engaged by council to undertake the study which will provide the basis of the plan for, and continuing management of, the water supply over the next 50 years.