About 70 community members and stakeholders attended our water forum on Thursday 4 March to discuss the topic “Alternative water supply options for the future”.
We received valuable input from the community, notably around the topics of recycled water and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR).
The forum yielded important feedback on future water planning.
There was strong support for water recycling, particularly local recycling projects where water is treated and used on site, such as the Northern Water Plant project near Shell.
Community and stakeholder representatives also wanted to see more investigations into stormwater re-use, groundwater and ASR, but noted such systems must not come at the expense of the environment.
Another major theme was the need for ongoing water conservation and a focus on reducing demand.
Members of our independent expert advisory panel, Associate Professor Tim Fletcher of Monash University and Dr Rick Evans of SKM, gave fascinating insights into alternative water supply options for the region.
Paul Northey, General Manager Capital Projects and Greenhouse, gave an overview of current and upcoming major projects including the Northern Water Plant, Anglesea Borefield and Melbourne-Geelong Interconnection.
Forum participants broke into table discussions to discuss alternative water supply options, considering factors such as reducing environmental impact, conserving water, water recycling and minimising cost.