Barwon Water (Barwon Region Water Corporation) is Victoria's largest regional urban water corporation.
We provide high quality water, recycled water and sewerage services.
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, and includes the following towns and suburbs:
We provide services to more than 298,000 permanent residents. Over the summer holiday period, our serviced population can reach 510,000 people.
Our customers are 92% residential and 8% commercial or industrial. Around 30% of metered consumption is attributed to non-domestic customers.
We own and operate approximately $2.3 billion in assets, including:
Geelong is supplied by the catchments on the upper Barwon and Moorabool rivers and – during drought – by two underground aquifers. We also have access to the Victorian water grid via the Melbourne to Geelong pipeline.
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.
Supplies in the Colac-Otway region are drawn from five separate sources, all located in forested Otway catchments.
Lornen and Apollo Bay / Skenes Creek / Marengo have their own discrete water supply systems.
As major employer in the region, we have approximately 300 operational, engineering, strategic planning, financial and administrative staff.
We embrace diversity and are committed to equal opportunity and fairness in the workplace.
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.
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).