Our customers have told us they support the use of recycled water.
Barwon Water is investing in a number of major recycled water projects to supplement water supplies.
We have sought the support of government and business partners, and private developers, to identify new and viable recycled water schemes for residential developments.
Our target is to replace 2,500 million litres of drinking water with recycled water by 2015, reducing the amount of water harvested from the environment and the volume of treated water discharged via ocean outfalls.
Recycled water is safe, high quality water that has been filtered and purified using some of the most advanced treatment technology in the world.
Recycled water is delivered through a unique purple pipe system with dedicated taps, pipes, connections points and meters.
Recycled water is used in our region, throughout Australia, and in many countries around the world.
Class C recycled water is currently used by a number of agricultural and commercial customers, including a flower farm, turf grower, vineyards, golf courses, primary producers and more.
With a focus on Class A recycled water for residential use, we're working with government and industry on a number of new recycled water schemes for new developments.
Planning is underway to upgrade the region's largest water recycling facility, to produce high quality Class A recycled water.
The new facility will produce Class A recycled water for nearby Armstrong Creek and Torquay North.
In a first for the Geelong region, we will supply the new water sensitive urban developments at Armstrong Creek and Torquay North with Class A recycled water.
The use of recycled water in Armstrong Creek and Torquay North is expected to save 4750 million litres of drinking water annually in the long term.
A new water recycling facility under construction in Geelong's north will treat trade waste from the Shell Geelong Refinery and domestic sewage from neighbouring suburbs.
The plant will produce Class A recycled water for use in the refinery and local sporting grounds.
The new facility will save 2,000 million litres of drinking water (around 5% of current consumption).
As part of our ongoing investment in alternative water supply solutions, we have conducted research into the viability of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR).
ASR is a method of storing water in underground aquifers for future use.
This research is at the cutting edge of integrated water management and could revolutionise our future water storage capabilities.