Construction officially began at the site of the Northern Water Plant today, Friday 18 March 2011, with Federal Member for Corio Richard Marles and State Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos turning the first sod.
The $94 million facility will be built on industrial land adjacent to the Shell Geelong Refinery in Corio.
The plant will treat sewage and trade waste from Geelong's northern suburbs and produce Class A recycled water for the refinery and nearby public sporting grounds.
The facility is due for completion late 2012, and is expected to offset 5% of Geelong's drinking water, or the water used in about 10,000 homes annually.
The project is funded jointly by Barwon Water, Shell, and the state and federal governments. It will be built, owned, and operated by Barwon Water.