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Infrastructure projects

Barwon Water is committing $358 million to capital works over the next 5 years (2013–2018).

This will ensure the completion of a number of major projects that will deliver water security, guarantee efficient service delivery and meet future growth.



Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven water supply upgrade

The 25-year-old Aireys Inlet water treatment plant is near the end of its life.

The townships are to be connected to the greater Geelong water supply network via an 11-kilometre pipeline from Anglesea.

  More on the Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven water supply upgrade



Anglesea borefield

The Anglesea borefield is part of an integrated and diversified water supply system.

Completed in 2009, this valuable water source is capable of supplying up to 20 million litres of groundwater daily — the equivalent to the water used in 35,000 homes — in times of need.

  More on the Anglesea borefield



Apollo Bay new water storage

A new 250 million litre water storage will meet forecast growth in Apollo Bay, Marengo and Skenes Creek and spell the end of summer water restrictions in these coastal towns.

Construction is scheduled for completion in 2014.

  More on the Apollo Bay new water storage



Armstrong Creek development

We are investing around $150 million in water, sewage and recycled water infrastructure in Armstrong Creek — the new residential development south of Geelong that is expected to provide for 22,000 homes.

Armstrong Creek residents will be the first in our region to have access to Class A recycled water on tap.

  More on Armstrong Creek development infrastructure



Barwon Downs borefield monitoring program

We are expanding and improving our ongoing monitoring of the Barwon Downs borefield ahead of an application to renew our groundwater licence, due for renewal in June 2019. 

  More on the Barwon Downs borefield monitoring program



Black Rock Recycled Water Plant

The Black Rock Recycled Water Plant is adjacent to the existing water reclamation facility and biosolids drying plant in Connewarre.

The plant was completed in mid-2013 and produces high quality Class A recycled water using advanced treatment and purification technology.

  More on the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant



Colac water supply upgrade

In 2012, Barwon Water identified the need to upgrade Colac’s water supply capacity based on predicted growth, climate variability and potential risks to current infrastructure.

Following an extensive community and stakeholder consultation campaign, we selected a preferred upgrade path: an interconnection with the existing Wurdee Boluc channel near Murroon.

This option provides the greatest level of supply diversity and guards against risks to the current supply system such as bushfires, land slips and failure of the existing pipeline.

  More on Colac water supply upgrade



Newtown water supply upgrade

A 70-year-old water main is being upgraded as part of a program to improve Newtown and Highton’s water supply.

The $1.8 million project involves constructing a new 990 metre section of pipeline along Queens Park Road, including crossing the Barwon River.

  More on the Newtown water supply upgrade



Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline

A 59 kilometre underground pipeline from Melbourne's supply network at Cowies Hill, west of Werribee, to Geelong's storage basins at Lovely Banks is part of our long-term plan to secure the region's water supply.

The pipeline has the capacity to deliver up to 16,000 million litres of water a year — equivalent to half of the region's current usage — in times of need.

The final section of the pipeline was laid in early 2012, with the project officially completed in early 2013.

  More on the Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline



Northern Water Plant

The state-of-the-art water recycling facility adjacent to the Shell Geelong Refinery will reduce Geelong's drinking water demand by around 2 billion litres a year.

The plant was officially opened in April 2013 and produces Class A recycled water suitable for industrial and community use.

  More on the Northern Water Plant



Ryrie Street office refurbishment

Barwon Water’s Ryrie Street head office will be refurbished to accommodate all Geelong-based office employees under one roof.

Centralising our workforce will mean increased productivity, efficiencies and cost savings, including reductions of up to 45% on maintenance, operational and energy costs.

  More on the Ryrie Street office refurbishment



Water mains replacements

We replace up to 25 kilomtres of pipes a year at an annual cost of more than $4 million.

We replace aged and damaged pipes to reduce the risk of bursts, minimise unexpected repairs, reduce supply interruptions and ensure continued water quality.

  More on water mains replacements



Water pressure management

We are rolling out a staged pressure and leakage management program in Geelong over several years.

The pressure management program will eliminate excess pressure and reduce the incidence of burst mains. It will also reduce the chance of water loss and supply interruptions.

  More on water pressure management