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Barwon Water at a glance

Barwon Water (Barwon Region Water Corporation) is Victoria's largest regional urban water corporation.

We provide high quality water, recycled water and sewerage services.

 

Image shows the West Barwon Reservoir at 100% capacity. The reservoir spilled for the first time in a decade in August 2012.

West Barwon Reservoir, in the Otway Ranges, is one of the region's main catchments.

 

Region

Barwon Water's head office is in Geelong, Victoria (Australia). We have customer service offices in Geelong, Colac, and Lorne.

Our area of responsibility stretches from Little River and the Bellarine Peninsula in the east, to Colac in the west, and from Meredith and Cressy in the north, to Apollo Bay on Victoria's south-west coast. 

Our service area is approximately 8,100 square kilometres.

  Map of our region (PDF 1 MB)

  Customer service centres: locations and opening hours

 


 

Customers

We provide services to more than 295,000 permanent residents. Over the summer holiday period, our serviced population can reach 515,000 people.

Our customers are 92% residential and 8% commercial or industrial. Around 32% of metered consumption is attributed to non-domestic customers.

 


 

Assets

We own and operate appromimately $2.3 billion in assets, including:

  • 12 major reservoirs
  • 9 water treatment plants
  • 2 water pre-treatment plants
  • 11 water reclamation plants
  • 13 groundwater bores
  • 237 pumping stations
  • 19 local water storage basins
  • 33 local water storage tanks
  • 6,230 kilometres of pipes.

 


 

Water sources

Geelong is supplied by the catchments on the upper Barwon and Moorabool rivers and – during drought – by two underground aquifers.

The Barwon River system and Otways Ranges catchment typically supplies around 80% of greater Geelong’s water, with the balance from catchments on the Moorabool River system in the Brisbane Ranges.

Supplies in the Colac-Otway region are drawn from five separate sources, all located in forested Otway catchments.

Lorne, Aireys Inlet / Fairhaven, and Apollo Bay / Skenes Creek / Marengo have their own discrete water supply systems.

  Your water supply

  Water storage levels

  


 

Employer of choice

As major employer in the region, we have more than 300 operational, engineering, strategic planning, financial and administrative staff.

We embrace diversity and are committed to equal opportunity and fairness in the workplace.

  Careers and employment

 


 

History

Barwon Water was constituted in February 1994, but its history dates back more than 100 years to the establishment of the Geelong Municipal Waterworks Trust in 1908.

  Our history

 


 

Corporate governance

Barwon Water is a statutory corporation under the Water Act.

We have an 8-member Board of Directors, and operate under a Statement of Obligations issued by the Minister for Water.

Our prices and service standards are regulated by the independent Essential Services Commission (ESC).

  Corporate information: Our misson, values and Strategic Intent

  Management and Board

  Essential Services Commission: Water