Come and see the inner workings of Barwon Water’s Ryrie Street head office as part of Open House Geelong this weekend.
Visitors can see the building’s refurbishment plans, which will allow us to accommodate our Geelong-based workforce in one building.
The tour will also take in the boardroom, featuring ahuge hand-painted mural by renowned local artist and illustrator Robert Ingpen.
10 am — 3 pm,
Saturday 25 October 2014
Tours to run every 30 minutes
61–67 Ryrie Street, Geelong
Barwon Water is one of 17 buildings open to the public for free as part of the Open House Geelong initiative.
The day allows the public to explore great contemporary, historic and sustainable buildings and spaces they would not normally be able to access.
The theme for this year’s National Water Week (19–25 October) is Water sources: there are more than you think! This is the perfect opportunity to consider which water source is right for the job.
In the Barwon Water region, Armstrong Creek and Torquay North are excellent examples of using the right water for the job.
Homes in the new developments have dedicated purple recycled water pipes to receive Class A recycled water for garden watering, toilet flushing and car washing.
Ultimately, 22,000 homes at Armstrong Creek are expected to save more than 2,400 million litres of drinking water annually by using recycled water instead of drinking water for activities such as watering gardens, flushing toilets and washing cars. The recycled water network to Torquay north will service up to 2,500 homes and recreational areas and save 350 million litres of drinking water per year.
Using recycled water around the home and garden helps to reduce the use of precious drinking water supplies and is the right water for the job.
We are looking for community members to join a community and agency group to discuss future uses of Painkalac Reservoir.
The reservoir will be taken out of service when Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven are connected to the greater Geelong supply system via a pipeline from Anglesea. Construction of the pipeline is scheduled to begin in July next year.
We are looking for 8–10 representatives from a range of sectors including residents, businesses, community groups and environmental groups to join up to four Barwon Water members in an advisory group.
Painkalac Reservoir community and agency group members should:
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We anticipate that the community and agency group will convene every second month until November 2015. We may need to meet more often, or extend the timings.
Expressions of interest are welcome until 5 pm, Friday 31 October 2014.
Barwon Water’s Board of Directors yesterday approved the construction of a pipeline connecting the coastal towns of Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven to the Geelong water supply network via Anglesea.
The connection was chosen as the preferred option for replacing the existing 25-year-old water treatment plant, which has reached the end of its operational life. The alternative was a new treatment facility built next to the existing plant.
The Board considered a number of factors in making its decision, notably:
The 11-kilometre pipeline from Harvey Street, Anglesea, to Aireys Inlet will cost $6.6 million, $2.7 million less than a new treatment plant. It will source water from the West Barwon catchment via the Wurdee Boluc Reservoir which also supplies greater Geelong.
Currently, Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven are supplied solely by the Painkalac Reservoir, which will be taken out of service but maintained for fire fighting purposes and ensuring continued environmental flows into Painkalac Creek.
Barwon Water’s Ryrie Street head office will be refurbished to accommodate all Geelong-based office employees.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine today announced plans to centralise our Geelong offices.
The project will see the Ryrie Street complex refurbished and updated to accommodate all office-based employees in a single location.
Barwon Water's Geelong staff are currently split between two outdated offices: Ryrie Street in central Geelong and Lonsdale Street in South Geelong.
Centralising employees in one building will mean increased productivity, efficiencies and cost savings, including reductions of up to 45% on maintenance, operational and energy costs.
Importantly, the project will be price neutral, with operational savings and consolidation of buildings to fund the work.
The Aireys Inlet / Fairhaven water treatment plant is approaching the end of its operational life and we are considering two upgrade options:
We are hosting another community information day to provide project updates and cost comparisons.
The project team will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your feedback.
10 am — 2 pm
Saturday 9 August 2014
Aireys Inlet Community Centre
6 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet
Residents in Armstrong Creek and Torquay North now have access to high quality Class A recycled water.
Minister for Water Peter Walsh visited Armstrong Creek where ultimately up to 22,000 homes will connect to the recycled water scheme.
A further 2,500 homes and recreational areas will be supplied at Torquay North.
The dual-pipe system is expected to ultimately save 2,400 million litres of drinking water a year at Armstrong Creek and 350 million litres a year at Torquay North.
Residents can use Class A recycled water to water gardens, flush toilets and wash cars.
It is charged at 80% of the price of drinking water and is not subject to water restrictions.
Barwon Water released its 2014/2015 to 2018/2019 Corporate Plan today, which sets the corporation’s strategic direction moving forward.
The plan focuses on commercial consolidation, sustainable efficiencies and innovation.
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Barwon Water expects to achieve reductions in operating expenditure of $36.1 million and capital expenditure of $30.1 million over the coming years with no impact on service delivery.
These savings will be returned to customers in the form of Fairer Water Bills savings announced by Victorian Water Minister Peter Walsh last month.
Residential customers will benefit from savings of $320 over the next four years, beginning with a $50 rebate off their first 2014-2015 quarterly bill.
Barwon Water will continue to invest heavily in infrastructure to maintain high quality services and meet regional growth.
Over the coming five years, $338 million will be spent on capital projects. This investment of $67 million a year is higher than the pre-drought average of $43 million a year.
Key projects include the Aireys Inlet water supply upgrade, Colac water reclamation plant upgrade and ongoing investment in water, sewer and recycled water infrastructure.
The Corporate Plan also outlines pricing for the coming years.
In line with the independent Essential Services Commission’s 2013 determination, prices will decrease 1.6% (excluding CPI) each year until 2017/2018.
Once CPI of 2.93% is factored in for the financial year commencing 1 July 2014, residential and non-residential bills will increase 1.28%.
The new charges for residential customers are:
For a residential customer using 165 kilolitres of water a year, this equates to an increase of 27 cents a week, or $13.91 over a year. Bills will vary depending on usage.
The new charges for business customers are:
Residents of the Apollo Bay region can now enjoy a secure water supply and an end to summer water restrictions with the completion of a new $22 million water storage basin.
Member for Polwarth The Hon Terry Mulder MP toured the new 250-million litre storage basin today and said it was now ready to be filled by winter rains.
The new storage basin and transfer system will secure the water supply of Apollo Bay, Marengo and Skenes Creek until 2055.
The basin is great news for the Apollo Bay community, with the increased storage capacity meaning residents will have a reliable supply year-round.
Importantly, it also means the end of summer water restrictions, which had been necessary to cope with the seasonal influx of thousands of holidaymakers.
A community open day at the storage basin will be held later this year.
Barwon Water customers will receive an average of $80 off their water bills each financial year for the next four years thanks to the Victorian Coalition Government's Fairer Water Bills initiative.
In Geelong today, Minister for Water The Hon Peter Walsh MP said the bill reductions would be delivered to Barwon Water customers from 1 July 2014.
Residential customers will receive total savings of $320 over the next four years. This will be delivered annually as:
As part of the Fairer Water Bills initiative, the Victorian Government asked water corporations to provide productivity and efficiency gains to help deliver lower household water bills.
Barwon Water identified capital and operational cost savings without compromising service standards or existing hardship protections. This includes innovative technology for operations and maintenance, better scheduling construction of water feeder mains, more effectively targeting expenditure on communication activities and deferring capital expenditure on new infrastructure due to improved water efficiency.
Barwon Water is working closely with the Government on identifying further savings for customers.