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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.