We upgrading the Bannockburn Water Reclamation Plant to meet forecast population growth.
A new 100 megalitre lagoon will be built on the existing Stephens Road site, with more recycled water available for horticulture, agriculture and recreation.
The new infrastructure will not only meet the demands of a rapidly growing population, but will open the door to new recycled water customers in the near future.
About 1000 plantation gums trees will be cleared to provide for the new lagoon.
The 5000-tree Brittle Gum (Eucalyptus mannifera) plantation was established by Barwon Water in 2003 for irrigation by recycled water.
The cleared trees will be mulched for use on-site.
Works will not impact the Stephens Road bushland reserve managed under a Trust for Nature conservation covenant.
Environmental overlays on the land will remain protected.