We are pleased to announce that the $12 million Birregurra sewerage scheme has been completed.
If you are a property owner in Birregurra and want to find out more, including how to connect, come along to our open house.
Saturday 2 June 2012
10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Birregurra Town Hall
Road safety around the Black Rock environmental precinct has been improved thanks to a new bike path.
The path, which links Thirteenth Beach Road and Blackgate Road, will greatly improve safety around the popular cycling route.
Several hundred metres of Blackgate Road, between Breamlea and the Thompson Creek Bridge, were also widened as part of the project.
Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon, officially opened the path alongside representatives from Barwon Water, Bikesafe and the City of Greater Geelong. Dozens of keen cyclists also attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and road-tested the new path.
The $500,000 project was jointly funded by Barwon Water, the City of Greater Geelong and Regional Development Victoria.
The Black Rock environmental precinct was officially launched this week following years of work to enhance and protect the unique area surrounding the region's largest sewage treatment and water recycling facility.
The precinct, which takes in 403 hectares of land around the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant, is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Numerous initiatives within the precinct include:
We have also formed a new community reference group to seek community feedback. The group includes local residents, business owners, representatives from community groups and government bodies.
The Black Rock environmental precinct is an integral part of our commitment to deliver quality services in an environmentally sensitive manner.
A leaking water main has been repaired after repair crews worked around the clock last week, digging a 4.5 m deep trench and excavating around 70 semi-trailer loads of soil.
The water main, located near the Queens Park Bridge in Geelong, transfers water from the Montpellier basin in Highton to customers in Newtown.
The leak was caused by corrosion resulting in a hole no bigger than a 50 cent piece in the 450 mm diameter steel pipe.
Workers have been on-site for up to 15 hours daily on rotating shifts. Most of the work has been done outside of business hours to minimise impact on motorists and pedestrians.
There was no interruption to customers’ water supply during repairs.
Stage 2 water restrictions will be lifted in Apollo Bay, Marengo and Skenes Creek effective from tomorrow, Sunday 29 April 2012 .
The commonsense Permanent Water Saving Plan will apply in place of the restrictions. The Plan will apply across our entire service region.
Restrictions have been required through the warmer months due to the limited capacity of the Marengo basin and the added demand from the summer tourist influx.
Staged restrictions will be a thing of the past when the supply is boosted by a new 250-million litre storage, complementing the existing 125-million litre basin.
Plans for the new storage are well advanced, with construction scheduled to begin this year and due for completion mid-2014.
Barwon Water will continue its partnerships with local Landcare groups with more than $300,000 in funding over the next 3 years. We have already provided more than $1 million to Landcare over the past 10 years.
Partnerships have been renewed with the Southern Otway Landcare Network (Barham River catchment) and Upper Barwon Landcare Network (Upper Barwon River catchments). The Moorabool Catchment Landcare Group (Moorabool River catchments) will be supported for the first time. Each group will receive $35,000 a year for three years.
Major catchment protection work has been carried out during the last 3-year funding block. In 2009–2010 alone, almost 90,000 trees were planted and 63 hectares of riparian vegetation protected.
Chairman Dr Michael King said the Landcare partnership program helped enhance the region's quality water resources by protecting, stabilising and revegetating riparian areas. Dr King said the program supports community and landholder action for protecting and enhancing catchment health, water quality and river health.
In addition to $300,000+for Landcare, $225,000 has been allocated for catchment projects through our river health partnership with the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.
The Essential Services Commission (ESC), Victoria's independent economic regulating body, has proposed to approve a 3% increase on water service charges to apply only in the 2012–2013 financial year.
The increase will allow Barwon Water to recoup the cost of the $80 million Melbourne to Geelong pipeline project.
For a typical residential customer using 165 kilolitres a year, this equates to an increase of 29 cents a week, or $15 over the year. Bills will vary from customer to customer, depending on usage.
The 3% increase will apply on top of previously approved 7% price rise, excluding CPI.
Conscious of cost-of-living pressures, Barwon Water's Board decided to confine the price rise to a single financial year, ensuring prices over the next ESC-approved period (2013–2018) are kept to a minimum.
Following a period of high growth, Barwon Water is targeting corporate and operational expenditure and debt management as it enters a new phase of consolidation.
The ESC is seeking submissions of the draft decision by Monday 21 May 2012, prior to a final decision in June 2012. Submissions can be made by email or post:
Essential Services Commission
Level 2, 35 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
The ESC will also hold public meetings in Geelong and Colac:
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Barwon Water has launched a new, user-friendly Land Development Manual (LDM).
Demonstrating our goal to continually improve the way we work and communicate with our customers and stakeholders, the new LDM has been extensively overhauled and rewritten to improve the experience for users.
It is now more concise, more intuitive and written in plain English language, so even those who are not professionally involved in the land development industry can easily navigate and understand the contents.
We began work on improving the LDM as a response to feedback from our developers and consultants in late 2010. The revamped Barwon Water LDM was revealed at this year's Developers, Contractors and Consultants Forum on Wednesday 28 March.
It has been an enormous effort to develop the new Barwon Water LDM. We would like to thank our legal advisers Russell Kennedy for their invaluable expertise in helping us to produce such a quality publication in the agreed timeframe.
Anyone who is using an earlier version is advised to download the new LDM from our website (under the 'Business customers' tab), or you can request a hard copy be sent to you.
If you have any questions or comments, or would like to request a hard copy of the LDM, please call 1300 656 007 or email email@example.com.
A rainwater tank at the Anglesea Men's Shed has received funding through our water conservation grants program.
We provided $2500 toward a 22,500-litre rainwater tank at the new shed in Cameron Road.
The tank will provide water for toilet flushing and irrigation. It is expected to save around 200,000 litres of drinking water a year.
The water conservation grants program was launched in 2009. It initially targeted customers using more than 10 million litres of water a year.
In late 2010, the program was expanded to include small businesses, schools and community groups.
This year, 16 organisations are expected to share more than $187,000 under round 3 of the program.
Around 280 people got an insight into how Geelong's sewage is treated at the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant open day on Sunday 18 March 2012.
Black Rock is our largest water reclamation plant, processing sewage from as far away as Lara, Queenscliff and Torquay as well as the suburbs of Geelong.
The day drew a steady crowd of all ages, including couples, families, students and retirees.
The tour began in the visitor information centre, where visitors learned how the plant operates and the treatment processes used. Groups then had an opportunity to see the plant first-hand on a walking tour.
Visitors were able to see construction works on the new recycled water plant that will provide Class A recycled water to Armstrong Creek and North Torquay, as well as the recently completed biosolids drying facility.