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.
Barwon Water contractors have laid and connected all the pipework along Queens Park Road as part of a small but crucial upgrade to the Newtown / Highton water supply system.
The highly visible project involves replacing almost a kilometre of the 70-year-old water main, including crossing the Barwon River at Queens Park Bridge.
The original main, laid in the 1940s, had reached the end of its service life. The new pipe will improve reliability and provide better service to customers.
We will be doing some operational testing for pressure and quality next week, and asphalting the road within the fortnight. The project is on track for completion by the end of June 2014.
The Queens Park Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 7 am to 6 pm, Sunday 18 May 2014.
The bridge closure is required for construction work on the attached Newtown feeder main, part of an upgrade to the water supply for Newtown and Highton.
We suggest alternative routes via Barrabool or Mount Pleasant Roads between Scenic Road and Aphrasia Street.
Since early April, contractors have been replacing a 990-metre section of pipeline along Queens Park Road, between the golf course and St Joseph’s College. The project is roughly 75% complete, and is on track for completion by the end of June, 2014.
Today we made some changes to the SmartForms on this website.
SmartForms are interactive PDF forms that can be completed and submitted online.
We use SmartForms for direct debit applications, updating customer details, registering concessions, applications to connect and more.
Frequent SmartForm users include property developers, plumbers and real estate agents, as well as members of the general public.
You can save forms to your computer. You can save a blank, completed, or partially-completed form to your computer as a PDF file.
You can use a partially-completed form as a template. If you regularly use the same form with many of the same details (such as your name and contact details) you can save the partially-completed form to your computer and use it as a template for future applications.
You can no longer use a Business Victoria account. If you previously logged in with a Business Victoria account, this is no longer available. There is no need to log in to complete a SmartForm.
The form links have changed. The updated forms have new links (URLs). You may need to update your bookmarks.
The look, feel and functionality of the SmartForms is largely unchanged.
You should not experience any change in the high level of service you receive from Barwon Water as a result of the change.
Most users do not need to do anything.
If you have bookmarked frequently-used SmartForms in your internet browser, you will need to update your bookmarks.
If you previously used a Business Victoria account and login, this will no longer be available.
In the first instance, refer to the new, online SmartForm user guide .
If you need help completing or accessing any of the forms on our website, please contact us.
All major, modern operating systems and browsers are supported.
Users must use Adobe Reader to complete the form. Other PDF readers and plug-ins may not be compatible with SmartForms.
Stage 2 water restrictions will be removed in Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek and Marengo from 1 am, Monday 5 May 2013.
The Permanent Water Saving Plan will then apply across Barwon Water's entire serviced region.
Summer restrictions have been in place for many years due to the limited capacity of the Marengo basin and the seasonal tourist influx. But staged restrictions will be a thing of the past thanks to a new 250-million litre storage, complementing the existing 125-million litre basin and tripling the town’s water-holding capacity.
The new storage has been completed ahead of expected rainfall through winter and spring.
Under the Permanent Water Saving Plan:
The Barwon Downs borefield is operated under a groundwater extraction licence from Southern Rural Water. The licence was granted in 2004 and is due for renewal in 2019.
We are hosting an information session to update community members on the renewal process, particularly our assessment of the current groundwater monitoring program.
The session will highlight key components of the program including new infrastructure to monitor groundwater levels, stream flows and acid-sulphate soils.
Representatives from Barwon Water, Southern Rural Water, project consultants GHD and the Barwon Downs Groundwater Community Reference Group will attend.
3 — 7 pm
Tueday 6 May 2014
Barwon Downs Hall
Birregurra-Forrest Road, Barwon Downs
The borefield is an important supply for the Geelong region when surface water supplies are low, having supplied up to 70% of Geelong's drinking water demand at the peak of the drought.
The Aireys Inlet / Fairhaven water treatment plant is approaching the end of its operational life and we are considering two upgrade options:
Detailed design, cost estimates and environmental studies are underway.
Want to learn more? Provide feedback? Come along to our public information day and talk to the project team.
9 am — 12 noon and 1 pm — 3 pm
Saturday 3 May 2014
Aireys Inlet Community Centre
6 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet
Do you have an active interest and knowledge of environmental issues as they relate to water?
Barwon Water’s Environmental Consultative Committee (ECC) has two vacancies for volunteer community representatives.
The committee meets every two months and provides valuable feedback on environmental issues relevant to Barwon Water’s operations and activities.
The committee includes individuals and representatives from local environmental groups.
Contact us for more information. Applications close Wednesday 28 May 2014.