Water Security Outlook released

Barwon Water has released the 2012 Water Security Outlook — an annual supplement to the long-term Water Supply Demand Strategy.

Water Security Outlook 2012

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Greater Geelong

The outlook paints a positive picture for the greater Geelong region.

Taking into account increased population growth projection, and allowing for the most extreme climate scenario, our water supplies are secure for the next 35 years.

New water sources, including the Anglesea borefield, Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline and new recycled water plants ensure we have the capability to meet demand now and into the future.

Rainfall over the past 12 months has meant drought response initiatives, such as the Barwon Downs Borefield and water restrictions, would not be required for several years.


Colac and surrounding towns

The Water Supply Outlook also details revised forecasts for the Colac Otway region, where the growth rate has been revised from 0.43% up to 1.0%.

In September 2012, Barwon Water announced plans to upgrade Colac's supply system within the next five years to meet growth, climate variability and potential risks to current supply infrastructure. Six options currently shortlisted for consideration, with an extensive community consultation program now underway. A decision on the best option is expected by June 2013.

  Colac water supply upgrades


Coastal towns

The coastal townships of Aireys Inlet and Lorne have separate water supply systems, and are in good shape ahead of summer.

Work is underway on a new 250 million litre water storage in Apollo Bay and, once complete, will spell the end to summer water restrictions.

  Apollo Bay water supply

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