Conservation groups denounce plan, saying dams don’t provide water security and slashing water allocated to big irrigators is the best way to tackle shortages

The federal and New South Wales governments are investing $1bn in water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW.

“Our response to the ongoing drought impacting rural and regional communities is comprehensive and committed,” the prime minister, Scott Morrison, said in a statement on Sunday.

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