Water flows from Geelong to Aireys Inlet

Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven are now connected to the diverse and secure greater Geelong water supply system.

The $6.6 million upgrade, launched today by Water Minister Lisa Neville, includes a new 11-kilometre pipeline from Anglesea and an upgraded pumping station.

Hon Lisa Neville, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water and Paul Northey, Barwon Water General Manager Infrastructure Services in Aireys Inlet this morning.

Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven residents were previously reliant on Painkalac Reservoir, located in state forest north of Fairhaven. The small reservoir is naturally high in organic matter and subject to seasonal blue-green algal (cyanobacteria) blooms that affect the colour, taste and odour of drinking water. The 27-year-old Aireys Inlet water treatment plant had reached the end of its operational life.

The twin townships are now connected to the greater Geelong water supply system which draws water from large forested catchments on the upper Barwon and Moorrabool Rivers. Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven join greater Geelong with access to back-up water sources including deep underground aquifers and the Victorian water grid via Melbourne, ensuring long-term supply security in the face of climate change.

Barwon Water will maintain the reservoir for walking, horse riding and bicycle riding, bird watching and recreational fishing, supporting the recommendations from an extensive community consultation campaign.

  Media release: Water flows To Aireys Inlet And Fairhaven

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