Water flows from Melbourne to Geelong

The Melbourne to Geelong pipeline, a crucial water security measure, was switched on for the first time today by Water Minister Lisa Neville.

Extremely dry conditions have seen local water storages drop to levels not seen since the millennium drought, prompting Barwon Water to place an order for 6 gigalitres of water from Victorian water grid.

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville; Barwon Water Managing Director, Joe Adamski; and Barwon Water Chair Jo Plummer at Lovely Banks basins, turning on the tap to the Melbourne Geelong pipeline.

Greater Geelong water storages currently sit at 34.5%. This time last year they were at 60%. At the peak of the drought, Geelong supplies dropped to just 14%.

The 59-kilometre pipeline connects the Lovely Banks storage basins with Melbourne’s supply network at Cowies Hill, west of Werribee.

Completed in December 2012, the $80 million pipeline project was one of the biggest in Barwon Water’s 100-year history, part of a record $750 million investment program to diversify the region’s water sources and service growth.

There will be no additional cost to our customers as a result of switching on the pipeline. Prices are locked in until June 2018 and are declining 1.6% a year, on average, excluding inflation.

  Media release: Water flows from Melbourne to Geelong for first time


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